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A front-end loader takes salt out of the rapidly diminishing salt supply to fill a Washington County truck with road salt last week. Washington County started out with 12,000 tons of salt and now has 1,000 tons left. John Doman / St. Paul Pioneer Press

Minnesota running low on road salt

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ST. PAUL – Minnesota’s roads may be going on a low-salt diet.

After a brutal winter, supplies are running so low that many cities are starting to cut their salt use by mixing in sand.

If March brings another snowstorm or two, salt supplies could run out – and cities will be forced to buy salt that is almost four times more expensive. That and mounting overtime costs are making this winter a contender for yet another record – most expensive.

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