Temporary Gas Spike Due to Refinery Issues

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Jun 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - First, gas prices go down and now they're back up again. But according to one expert this is a temporary change due to a maintenance issue, not a trend for the state.

Minnesota gas prices are around $3.65 a gallon statewide, 13 cents ahead of the national average, and a 15-to-20 cent increase over prices just a week ago.  According to Triple-A Minnesota spokeswoman Gail Weinholzer, maintenance issues at the source are to blame.

"We see a slight increase over the last three to four days because of a few refinery issues in the Chicagoland area," Weinholzer said. "We get a significant portion of our fuel from the Chicagoland area."

So while the prices are on a temporary spike, there is hope for some relief at the pumps again soon.

"Issues for the refineries should conclude in the next week or two then we will see prices settle back down again," Weinholzer said.

Prices are expected to rise again for the July 4th holiday, but only for a short time.

This story came from one of our listeners, Dan from St. Cloud. If you've got a story you think we should look into, email us at

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