ST. PAUL, Minn. - The State Emergency Operations Center propane hotline handled 250 calls on Saturday and more than 800 calls in the first three days of operation.

Minnesotans calling continue to express concerns about the price and availability of propane from their suppliers.

Some callers said they were unable to afford minimum orders and were seeking help finding resources.

Operators were able to help callers connect with resources within their community including nonprofit organizations if they didn't qualify for low income heating assistance.

The hotline will operate from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Minnesota residents with questions about the current propane situation or who are in danger of running out of heating fuel can call 651-297-1304 in the metro area or 1-800-657-3504 in greater Minnesota.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sent the president a letter Saturday urging his administration to establish and lead a propane supply chain working group to help move propane from where it's available to where it's needed.

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