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Minn. motorists question gas price decline after Memorial Day

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Increased supplies have allowed gas prices to drop slightly in Minnesota after hitting an all-time high last week, but with gas prices still closer to $4 per gallon than not, many motorists are still feeling burned.

"It's the same gas. There's nothing special, about it," said Levi Olson. "It's just the time of day, time of year -- people think that they can just kind of up things just to make more money. The profits out there? It's just the fat cats trying to getting fatter, you know? That's just ridiculous."

According to Minnesota Public Radio, the average retail gas prices in the Twin Cities fell 26.4 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $4.04 per gallon on Memorial Day.

"I was just talking to my buddy, and I pulled in here and it's $3.84," said Brad Berkner. "It's crazy. I think I paid $4.39 before I left."

Berkner, an Andover resident, estimated the spike cost him at least $150 during a long fishing weekend to South Dakota.

"What do you do?" he asked. "Still have to have gas to move around."

There's still a hefty disparity between Minnesota and the rest of the country. Gas price website GasBuddy.com says the national average has fallen 2.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.65 a gallon.

AAA reported the average gas price in Minnesota peaked at $4.28 per gallon last week, but the FOX 9 Gas Gauge indicates prices are still hovering above $4.17 a gallon in some areas of the metro. Lowest prices appear to be found in Lakeville at Hi Hi Market and Gas at $3.79.

AAA Minnesota-Iowa spokeswoman Gail Weinholzer told MPR that prices should align with the rest of the country soon as refineries that were closed will resume operations, and fuel from other parts of the country will soon arrive.

Last week, Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order that loosens regulations related to hours of service for carries of commercial vehicles that transport motor fuels. The order was signed last Thursday, set to be in effect for 30 days.

Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken also introduced a bill to try and prevent future supply shortages linked to multiple refinery shutdowns by allowing companies to report their maintenance schedule to the Department of Energy, which would then help coordinate a schedule in the region.

"The price of gas has a real impact on families and businesses across our state and we need to make sure we're doing everything we can to prevent future spikes in gas prices like we saw earlier this month," Klobuchar said.

Meanwhile, most skeptical drivers, including Hope Stewart, say they'll take the wait-and-see approach to see if the perceived pattern changes. 

"It seems like it always happens just before a holiday or the opening of fishing," she said. "If we have a World Series playoff or anything -- which we probably will never see in our lifetime -- no. Any time there's a special event, it seems like the prices go way up."

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You can search a map or enter your zip code on the FOX 9 Gas Gauge at http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/category/233804/gas-gauge

 

Information from Minnesota Public Radio: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/28/business/minn-gas-prices-fall-from-record-high

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