Local gas prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have not moved in the past week, averaging $2.06 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has has increased 0.5 cents in the last week to $2.24 per gallon, according to gasoline price website MinnesotaGasPrices.com.

In International Falls, regular gas prices averaged $2.17 per gallon in the last week, according to the site.

Including the change in gas prices in Minnesota during the past week, prices Sunday were 38 cents per gallon lower compared to the same day one year ago and are 14.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 14.1 cents during the last month and stands 28.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

According to the site's historical data, gasoline prices on Jan.14 in Minnesota have ranged widely over the last five years:

  • $2.44 per gallon in 2018
  • $2.32 per gallon in 2017
  • $1.78 per gallon in 2016
  • $1.93 per gallon in 2015
  • $3.22 per gallon in 2014

"With oil prices back over $50 per barrel, it looks like gas prices in more areas may soon bottom out and start to tick higher. While it doesn't seem that prices will rise very far, it looks more and more like the lowest price of the year may now be behind us," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "The national average briefly hit $2.22 per gallon last week, but will likely move up slightly or stabilize this week. Gas prices in the Great Lakes saw a noticeable jump last week and tend to see among the earliest trend changes in the country, which may be a harbinger of what's to come for the rest of us."

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