Energy Assistance funding available

Minnesota has received $106 million in federal funds for heating assistance this winter, and all income-eligible Minnesotans are encouraged to apply for the Energy Assistance Program.

In Beltrami and Cass Counties, applications are managed through BiCAP; in Clearwater County, through their Department of Human Services; and in Hubbard County, through the Mahube-Otwa Community Action Partnership.

The program helps income eligible Minnesotans by issuing payments directly to utility companies on their behalf.

The average grant is about $500, and funds may be available to help with an emergency fuel delivery or to get a broken furnace repaired or replaced.

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 son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.

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