- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota cities preparing for winter snow are paying more for road salt as the country experiences a shortage.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports (https://bit.ly/1nfhpUc ) cities and counties around the state have ordered more than 375,000 tons of salt this winter at prices that are 8 percent higher than last year on average. The state plans to buy more than 275,000 tons priced 4.3 percent higher.

Prices have increased as states and cities across the country order extra salt this year despite depleted salt stockpiles after last year’s harsh winter.

Minneapolis-based Cargill says it’s been struggling keep up with the demand for salt. The food processor and road salt producer put out bids to supply about 350 Minnesota salt contracts last year. It’s bid on about a third of those contracts this year.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org

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