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As temperatures go down, the cost of heating homes goes up. Some people in River Falls are having a hard time covering those costs, according to Ronna Ellis of the Assistance and Resource Center, Inc. (ARC), an organization that provides short-term financial assistance to River Falls and Ellsworth residents

Heating bills lighten wallets; help is available

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As winter temperatures have plunged, heating bills have risen. And as the bills pile up, many people may not know where to turn.

The first place they should go is their utility company, said River Falls Utility Director Kevin Westhuis. He says people who get electric heat from RFMU should call if they’re struggling to pay.


“We’re a local phone call away,” Westhuis said. “We work with almost everybody who calls in. We work out some kind of payment plan… we’re here to help.”

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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