Cold weather rule now in effect

Minnesota’s cold weather rule went into effect yesterday, meaning utilities can’t shut off heat due to their customers inability to pay.

Customers must be able to set up some sort of payment plan, and many may be eligible for assistance through the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s energy assistance program.

Residents of Beltrami and Cass county can apply through BiCAP. The BiCAP office for these applications is at 6603 Bemidji Ave N.

More information is available on the Department of Commerce’s website.

The cold weather rule is in effect until April 2020.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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