Updated: 03/28/2014 10:53 PM
Created: 03/28/2014 10:52 PM WDIO.com
By: Ellen Gallus
The weekend forecast will likely inspire a lot of us out there to fire up the grill for the first time this season.
But with the propane shortage that plagued so much of the Midwest earlier this year, that got us wondering if this rite of spring will cost you a lit bit more.
The answer is yes and no.
Propane prices have come down significantly in the past two months but are still higher than last year.
According to the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the average price of propane a gallon at this time last year was $1.62 a gallon. Right now it's $2.28 per gallon, but back in January it was more than double that price at $4.67 a gallon.
Mike Bauer, the owner of Bauer's Custom Hitches, where you can get your propane tank filled for about $18.95, says most customers are willing to pay a couple dollars more.
"Between daylight savings time and the weather we are getting this weekend, 30 to 40 people will be out here filling up their tanks tomorrow," he said.
Temperatures are expected to warm up to the upper 40s on Sunday.
More than 20 UMD Football Players Cited for Underage Drinking Sunday Night
UMD head football coach Curt Wiese confirmed Monday that between 20-30 players were cited for underage drinking Sunday night.
Women Uninjured after Being Lost for Night in BWCAW
The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says that a 40-year-old Iowa woman is safe after rescuers responded to a a emergency locater beacon deployed in the Boundary Waters early Monday.
Last-minute Shopping Packs Mall Before School Starts
Labor Day marks the end of summer for students across the Northland, and that means last-minute shopping for many families. The mall was packed on Labor Day hours before the new school year.
Proctor Elementary Adds 16 Classrooms as School Starts
Proctor students will have new classrooms when they head back to school Tuesday. The first phase of a construction project is ready for students at Bay View Elementary School.
Architect Pays Tribute to Local Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Building
To celebrate its 65th birthday, the Carlton County Historical Society invited a Minnesota architect to talk about the unique design of a Cloquet Avenue staple.