Travelers’ wallets taking a hit

Memorial Day Gas

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NORTHWOOD, IA — As travelers hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, they may be reluctant to take a trip to the pump. But prices are working their way down after refinery issues caused them to skyrocket and drivers are changing their strategy on when and where to get their gas.

Aaron Miller is working his way back home to Byron, but not without taking a pit stop in Northwood first.

“I actually did need gas but I do know that being born and raised from central Iowa, we have family in central Iowa and I know that Iowa’s usually less expensive by, at times, ten to 12 cents a gallon,” Miller said.

Right now his theory is holding true. Iowa’s average price for a gallon of gas is now under four dollars; Minnesota’s is at $4.13.

His job is making him a bit of a gas price expert.

“As a sales rep I travel across the upper Midwest and I do notice state-to-state and even metropolitan areas to different cities there’s a significant difference in price,” Miller said.

In Minnesota, the Twin Cities and Duluth are averaging around $4.25 a gallon according to AAA, but they said the southern parts of the state are sitting at $4.09.

“You kind of have to take it as it goes, because what else are you going to do? Whether you’re traveling for, relaxation or you’re traveling for business, it’s just the cost of doing business,” Miller said.

Although the price of gas is cheaper in Iowa than it is in Minnesota, drivers still cannot wait to see the numbers on the pump stop moving.

“It was about 53 and some change,” said Sean Garrett of Lakeville.

Garrett and his family are making their way down I-35. They are traveling from their home in Lakeville and heading to Missouri to see some family. They will have to make a few more stops to fill up before they reach their destination.

“I’m sure there are Prius owners all over laughing at me right now, but I do have four children and so we need a larger vehicle for transportation,” Garrett said.

He said those who do not drive fuel efficient cars may be rescheduling their plans.

“Gas prices obviously weigh into their decision whether or not they want to stay or travel. We had this planned for quite some time,” Garrett said.

He hopes as he heads south, so do the gas prices.

“As we work our way down 35, hopefully it’ll get a little cheaper, hopefully,” Garrett said.

AAA said by the middle to end of next week those in Minnesota could see the cost of a gallon of gas drop below $4. They said we should see prices in our area back to the national average a week or so into June.

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