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A pile of mixed sand and salt sits outside St. Paul Park's Public Works building. (Bulletin photo by Jon Avise)

City in a pinch when it comes to salt

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The winter forecast in Newport? Slippery.

A shortage of road salt and the resulting price hike has forced Newport Public Works to purchase just half the tonnage this year it typically would, and that means less salt -- and more ice -- on the city's streets this winter.

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Heavier snow in many parts of the United States last winter meant heavier demand this year as public works operations across the country prepared again for snow to fly.

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