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When what to our wondering eyes should appear...but gasoline under $2 a gallon!

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Absent the invention of a time machine, a lot of motorists never thought they would again see the price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline dipping under $2.

But, as a Christmas surprise for budget-conscious drivers, it's has happened at a number of gas stations in the Twin Cities metro area. WCCO notes that it has been five years since gas prices last fell below $2 per gallon. And the timing is sweet for many travelers, on the road for holiday travels

“It’s kind of a Christmas miracle, right?” Abbe Ceynar said. The station noted that she was so impressed that she snapped a picture of the posted price. “I have to prove it to everybody that that’s the price I got!”

As of 9 p.m. on Christmas Day, the Marathon station in Champlin was selling gasoline for $1.97 a gallon. According to, 14 Minnesota gas stations, from International Falls to Hutchison to Coon Rapids, offered gasoline at $1.99 a gallon. The site notes that on Christmas Day last year, gasoline averaged $3.05 a gallon.

KSTP noted that Minnesota gasoline prices have fallen for 88 straight days, the longest consecutive decline on record.

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