Local gas prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 1.1 cents 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 increased 0.5 cents in the last week to $2.25 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 48.4 cents per gallon lower compared to the same day one year ago and are 3.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 2 cents during the last month and stands 31.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

According to the site's historical data, gasoline prices on Jan. 28 in Minnesota have ranged widely over the last five years:

  • $2.54 per gallon in 2018
  • $2.28 per gallon in 2017
  • $1.66 per gallon in 2016
  • $2 per gallon in 2015
  • $3.22 per gallon in 2014

"The national average saw limited upward movement in the last week, while the lowest price stations overall were the locations that saw prices tick higher. The percent of gas stations in the U.S. selling under $2 per gallon fell from 37 percent to 27 percent over the last week as oil prices hold above $53 per barrel. We're also starting to see early refineries begin seasonal maintenance, which may aid prices moving higher in the weeks ahead," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "Part of where gas prices go from here and how quickly depends on whether or not politicians can make a long-term budget agreement. Another prolonged shutdown will hurt the economy and likely keep gas prices more muted. In addition, watch for any progress of a broad trade deal with China. Even the sub-zero temperatures upcoming in many areas could play a role in gasoline prices, diesel prices and heating oil: it may keep Americans at home, using more heavy oils to heat their home."

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