MADISON, Wis. -- Propane dealers said Monday they hope to head off a repeat of last winter's supply crisis in Wisconsin by adding more storage tanks, keeping homeowners' tanks full and urging more customers to lock into delivery contracts.

Wisconsin and other upper Midwestern states grappled with a pronounced propane shortage during the second half of the 2013-14 winter due largely to prolonged frigid weather, a pipeline closure and heavy demand for propane to dry crops during an unusually late harvest. Prices jumped to as much as $7 per gallon in some places.

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