Minnesota cities preparing for winter snow are paying more for salt as the country experiences a salt shortage, according to Minnesota Public Radio News. Cities and counties around the state have ordered more than 375,000 tons of salt at rates that are eight percent higher than last year.

Local governments are also paying more. 

Joe McCabe, St. James city manager, said the city of St. James purchases 250 tons of salt through the State of Minnesota Cooperative Bid process. The price per ton in 2014 was $76.09, and the price per ton in 2015 is $83.63--a 9.9 percent increase.

Watonwan County, on the other hand, is paying slightly more than five percent more than last winter’s rate.

For the rest of this story, please see the October 23 print edition of the St. James Plaindealer--on sale now!