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Minn. gas prices dip below national average

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After being faced with a surge in gas prices during the simultaneous closure of midwest refineries, Minnesota drivers are finally seeing relief.

The Duluth News Tribune reports the state dipped below the national average Wednesday for the first time in weeks.

It's the same story Thursday, according to AAA, who says the national average is $3.59, just above the state average of $3.58.

TwinCitiesGasPrices.com prices were as low as $3.41 in the metro Thursday morning.

Minnesota’s U.S. Senators are trying to prevent the severe hike in gas prices from happening down the road.

Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken authored a bill that would require oil refineries to report their maintenance schedules to the Energy Department to avoid shortages and big price fluctuations.

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