Local gas prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 3.7 cents in the past week, averaging $2.71 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. Gas prices in Minnesota are 0.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago, and stand 1.8 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Gas prices in International Falls ranged from $2.69 to $2.76 per gallon, according to gasbuddy.com.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Minnesota is priced at $2.44 per gallon Sunday while the most expensive is $2.86 per gallon, a difference of 42 cents per gallon. The lowest price in the entire country today stands at $1.99 per gallon while the most expensive is $5.65 per gallon, a difference of $3.66 per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.85 per gallon Sunday. The national average is up 2.1 cents per gallon from a month ago, yet stands 1.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Historical gasoline prices for May 13 in Minnesota going back a decade:

  • 2018: $2.73 per gallon
  • 2017: $2.26 per gallon
  • 2016: $2.07 per gallon
  • 2015: $2.52 per gallon
  • 2014: $3.46 per gallon
  • 2013: $3.83 per gallon
  • 2012: $3.63 per gallon
  • 2011: $3.97 per gallon
  • 2010: $2.82 per gallon
  • 2009: $2.29 per gallon

"Relief at the pump has indeed begun across the country with a majority of states seeing average prices decline versus a week ago, giving solid evidence the worst is likely behind us," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "However, the potential lightning rod of a U.S./China trade deal is perhaps the only prospect that could bring a return to higher prices. For now, just a dozen or so states saw prices rising while most moved lower, including California, but some pain may linger in Washington and Oregon where supply remains tight and prices high. We'll be watching for refinery utilization rates to rise in this week's report from the Energy Information Administration- it will be a critical data point on where and when more relief arrives. For most Americans, I think we'll slowly all join in on the falling prices and by June, the national average may stand 5-20 cents lower than today, provided there's no trade deal with the U.S. and China, whereas a trade deal could lead to a second hurrah at the pump."

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