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      Help for families struggling to pay heating bill

      Due to the continued cold weather, low income families will be able to receive help for their home heating bills. The grants are a collaboration between St. Vincent de Paul and the Superior Watershed Partnership. Money goes directly to utility companies for natural gas, electricity, and deliverable fuels.

      The Superior Watershed Partnership is also offering free home energy checkups that help identify how to save money on your energy bill.

      "Initially it was $400 per household for the heating season, then it went up to $1,000 over the course of the heating season, and then as of yesterday, April 1, they announced it's $2,000 per household for this heating season," said Laurie Schmit, Executive Director at St. Vincent de Paul.

      The grant only covers bills that are passed due or bills that contain shut off notices. To apply for the grant, head to the nearest St. Vincent de Paul in your community by May 31.