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Dangerously cold weather has returned to the Northwoods and a state Emergency Management official says you shouldn't take the extreme cold for granted.

The National Weather Service says  wind chill indices in the 35 to 45 below range are likely by Wednesday morning. Frostbite on exposed skin could happen in as little as 15 minutes..

Division of Emergency Management spokesperson Tod Pritchard says being safe and warm isn't always fashionable...

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With the cold winter we’ve been having, those heating with propane may be wincing at the cost of filling a tank.  Prices this winter are up more than 60 cents since this time last year.

A gallon of propane in Wisconsin right now costs an average of $2.15, according to the US Energy Information Administration.  Last January, that price was closer to a dollar fifty.

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With temperatures expected to stay well below zero for several days, humans are not the only ones suffering.  Animals kept outside may also be having a hard time. 

Dr. Ron Reupert at Animal Health Care Center North in Rhinelander says most pet owners know how to take care of their animals.  But he says many dog breeds like hounds aren’t built for weather this cold. 

“Short haired dogs I have seen not do well.  If they are kept outdoors, they need to have a supplemental heat source, and a lot of people do do that.”