Minnesota gas prices drop below national average, including at one Duluth stationGas prices have dropped below the national average even in Duluth — at least at one station — M&H at 1230 W. Michigan St., where gas was selling for $3.57 this morning.
By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota’s brush with record-high gas prices — among the highest in the U.S. — has ended, with the statewide average price this week dropping below the national average for the first time in weeks.
The average price per gallon of regular unleaded self-serve gasoline dropped to $3.57 in Minnesota today, the lowest price in months and down from $4.28 one month ago, according to Minneostagasprices.com.
That compares to today’s U.S. average of $3.60 a gallon, a price that hasn’t changed much for several weeks, dropping only a few cents.
Gas prices have dropped below the national average even in Duluth — at least at one station — M&H at 1230 W. Michigan St., where gas was selling for $3.57 this morning. Most Duluth stations appeared to be at $3.62 today. That’s after Duluth gas prices shot to $4.29 a gallon and higher in May.
Minnesota’s high prices last month, seen across much of the Great Lakes region, were apparently caused by production issues at two different refineries that have now been fixed.
Minnesota’s average price is even below the pump price at this time last year — $3.68. Prices today across Minnesota ranged from $3.40 to $3.79.
“The national average has continued its downward decline in the last week, likely being helped by relief in the Great Lakes, a region that had been plagued with refining issues that have seemingly been resolved,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst. “While the national average stands higher than it did a year ago, we likely will see the average decline, and for motorists in the Great Lakes, the downward trend should mean well-needed relief at the pump.”
If you’re wondering: The big price drop will save you about $10 on a 350-mile round trip from Duluth to the Twin Cities compared to last month, assuming your vehicle gets about 25 miles to a gallon.