More than 600,000 Alaskans likely noticed a deposit in their bank accounts of $1,174 cut from the state's Permanent Fund yesterday. But while some residents might have spent that money on a new luxury item, paid bills or stuffed it all away in savings, Soldotna resident Dave Waldal had a different plan for his. Waldal, 51, used a slice of his Permanent Fund Dividend check to purchase a tank of propane, a hose, and a heater to get him through the winter. The former heavy equipment mechanic said he lives in a tent in the woods.
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