Gas prices in Twin Cities fall below national average

The average price for a gallon fell 13.6 cents to $3.49 over the weekend. It's good news, of course, but experts warn that the market is still very sensitive to global politics.
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The average price for a gallon fell 13.6 cents to $3.49 over the weekend. It's good news, of course, but experts warn that the market is still very sensitive to global politics.

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