Deputy Public Safety Commissioner Mary Ellison says the change is meant to improve data security.
The expanded heating assistance is available to any qualifying household — not just propane users, the state Commerce Department said.
"We are grateful for the expressions of love and support we have received. Joan was greatly loved by many. We will miss her dearly," said former Vice President Walter Mondale of his late wife.
The price of propane in the Midwest has skyrocketed this winter because of high demand and changes to the pipeline delivery system.
As thousands of Minnesotans struggle with the price of the propane used to heat their homes and businesses, politicians at the state and federal levels are boosting aid to hard-hit residents and pressuring industry to try to end the propane shortage.
Many people in Minnesota, particularly in rural areas, buy hundreds of gallons at a time to heat their homes. But propane is hard to find, so hard that Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday declared a state of emergency because of the shortage.
The wage gap between men and women earned a mention in President Obama's State of the Union speech this week. And it will get some attention this morning in St. Paul.
A Minnesota DNR wildlife biologist said the number of wolves trapped or shot for preying on livestock fell by more than half between 2012 and last year.
Many rural Minnesotans buy hundreds of gallons at a time to heat their homes, and this winter propane is getting harder to find.
The problem of dwindling gas supplies is nothing new for the many rural Minnesotans who heat their homes with propane. The blasts of arctic weather the region's been getting this winter have helped drive up prices for propane -- which is already in short supply for a host of other reasons.
Schools are closed, the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus has canceled classes, dozens of roads are closed and travelers were stranded Sunday night as another polar deep freeze descended on Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.
The Minneapolis-based company is asking residential customers who use natural gas to heat their homes to turn their thermostats down to 60 and avoid using natural gas appliances.
Byron Smith has pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.
A patient at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter died Wednesday night from injuries inflicted by another patient, the state's Department of Human Services said Thursday morning.
New York retail analyst Howard Davidowitz says there could be even more cuts coming down the pike. "If business continues soft, management must react on the expense line. In other words you can't allow overhead to grow out of proportion. Target is a discount business," he said.