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Analyst says Minn. gas prices should drop -- for now

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After some serious sticker shock a month ago, Twin Cities motorists should have an easier time this week at the pump.

But who knows, really? Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal pulls down some of today's prices off, part of

Maybe more importantly, the Biz Journal has a statement from Patrick DeHaan, a senior analyst with GasBuddy.

"Relief continues to show up at pumps in the Great Lakes, while the opposite trend has started in California," DeHaan says, noting that gas prices across the country are "a bit wacky right now." DeHaan concludes: "I'm hopeful that most areas of the United States will see new or continued relief for at least the first half of this week, with some areas seeing a continued drop for most of this week."

The proof is at the pump, however. Some quick stats from, according to the Journal.

  • Average price on June 24: $3.45
  • A week ago: $3.56
  • A month ago: $4.12
  • A year ago: $3.58
  • National average price on June 24: $3.57
  • Lowest price in the Twin Cities, June 24: $3.29 (Champlin, Prior Lake), $3.32 (St. Francis)
  • Highest price in the Twin Cities, June 24, $3.99 (Brooklyn Center, South St. Paul), $3.79 (Bloomington), $3.69 (Bloomington, Burnsville, Edina)

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