Whoa, when did this happen?
Gas jumped 27 cents in the week ending Monday which is more than the 17 cents increase nationwide. Right now, gas is more expensive in Minnesota, averaging $3.44 per gallon, than the national average of $3.38 per gallon.
According to MinnesotaGasPrices.com, the average cost of a gallon of gas in Minnesota on Monday was up 29 cents more than a month ago and 74 cents more than a year ago.
So why is this happening?
People in the know say itâ€™s because of the increasing demand for gas worldwide as other countries, like China, start their love affairs with cars. Other reasons: a tight supply of gasoline and the rising cost of oil by the barrel. And they say, prices will continue to rise.
Looking for a deal?
In Duluth today, the cheapest gas is $3.34 per gallon found at the Canal Park Market, at Harbor City Oil at 3020 W. Superior St. , the Spur near the 27th Avenue West freeway exit and, as always, the M&H at 1230 W. Michigan St.
The most expensive is $3.49 per gallon at the SuperAmerica at 5310 E. Superior St., according to the website. But be warned, prices could change any minute.
(2:30 p.m. update: Just drove past theÂ 27th Avenue West Spur station and gas is now $3.49 per gallon, same as the Holiday station across the street. Down Michigan Street,Â gas at the M&H is now $3.44 per gallon… So chances are others have raised their prices as well).
If youâ€™re looking for the best deal in the state, head north. The cheapest gas is $3.23 per gallon at the Lucky 7 in Chisholm. Other good deals: Murphy USA in Hibbing for $3.25 per gallon and Murphy USA in Cloquet for $3.29.
(Again, there’s a good chance these prices also have gone up).