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ND gov appeals to propane cos. to ease shortage

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's governor is asking propane suppliers to do as much as they can to deliver the fuel to farmers who need it for drying grain.

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The gas is in short supply across parts of the Midwest and West because of supply disruptions and abnormally high demand because of the late start to plating and wet harvest.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple's office says it has contacted Kinder Morgan and CHS to encourage them to mobilize all available supplies of propane.

He and some other governors have signed executive orders extending the time fuel truck drivers can be on the road, so they can legally go farther to pick up propane.