Northland Gas Prices Surge; $4.44 in Some Locations

Posted at: 05/17/2013 6:58 PM | Updated at: 05/17/2013 7:40 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

Soaring gas prices have drivers rethinking how much time they spend in their cars. They're questioning how high it might go.

Eyewitness News found gas prices as high as $4.44 per gallon in International Falls and Iron River, Wisconsin Friday morning.

In Duluth prices surged as high as $4.39 for a gallon, and $4.37 in Superior.

At Duluth's M&H gas station Friday, we met Matt Anderson as he filled his truck. It takes 26 gallons of gas. While he didn't have to fill the entire tank, you could tell he wasn't thrilled with the bill.

"I think my face says it all," Anderson said. "[You get] a pit in your stomach. It almost costs you more to get to work than what you get paid."

Triple A said the high prices come in response to Midwestern refinery closures. They are  prompting Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, to call for an investigation.

The agency predicts prices won't come back down until July.

Between now and then many drivers will be choosing more carefully when and what they drive. "Fortunately my other car gets 42 miles to the gallon so this one is just sort of the backup," said Terry Chmielewski.

According to Triple A, the average price in Minnesota is $4.15 per gallon, which is a new record. Wisconsin's average is $3.85. Both are higher than the national average of $3.63 per gallon.

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