Duluth has lowest gas prices in state, at least for a dayThat headline is no joke, folks: Several gas stations in the Twin Ports area were showing the lowest price in the state Friday afternoon for unleaded regular gasoline.
By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
That headline is no joke, folks: Several gas stations in the Twin Ports area were showing the lowest price in the state Friday afternoon for unleaded regular gasoline.
Since we’ve often given grief to Duluth gas stations for being priced higher than average, we thought they deserved a little credit for being low, at least this once. M&H, Canal Park Market in Duluth and Sam’s Club in Hermantown were selling gas for $3.32 per gallon, the lowest prices in Minnesota for at least part of the day, according to MinnesotaGasPrices.com.
Across much of the Northland, and the state, gas prices had risen to about $3.49 Friday, but the low price stations were bucking the trend.
The website reported the average price per gallon across Minnesota was $3.50 per gallon, about the same as the U.S. average at $3.49.
Gas prices are down from $3.55 one month ago in Minnesota and $3.65 one year ago.
There’s no word on how long the lower prices will last here.
The news comes the same week that AAA released the results of a national poll that seems to have found the price at which Americans believe gas costs too much: $3.44.
Half of all adults polled by AAA said gas is too expensive when it reaches $3.44. Some 61 percent say it’s too high at $3.50, and 90 percent say it’s too high at $4 per gallon.
Nearly two thirds of those polled say they are offsetting higher gas prices by changing their driving habits and even their lifestyle, including shopping and eating out less to make up for higher gas prices.
Officials said the $3.44 “breaking point” is higher now than in previous polls, a sign that American drivers have grown accustomed to gas prices above $3.
“It was not long ago that motorists were shocked to pay more than $3 per gallon for gasoline, but now that is standard at stations nationwide,” said Robert L. Darbelnet, AAA chief executive officer. “It is possible there is a new normal in terms of consumer attitudes now that gas prices have remained above $3 per gallon for more than two years.”
The national average has remained above $3 per gallon for 28 consecutive months. The poll surveyed 1,011 adults 18 and older and living in the continental United States. It was conducted March 28-30.