Pump prices surge across region, with highest gasoline costs in the country


Gas prices continue to soar across the region.

On Friday the Twin Cities surpassed Honolulu to become the site of the nation's most expensive fuel, Fox 9 reports. When Fox 9 published its story Friday afternoon about 1:30 p.m., a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the metro was averaging $4.28 per gallon, according to Gas Buddy.

But as of 4 p.m., Gas Buddy said the average price in the Twin Cities jumped up to an average of $4.33 per gallon. Honolulu, meanwhile, hovered around $4.25 per gallon.

Statewide, the average cost for a gallon of gas is around $4.27, while Hawaii statewide is averaging $4.32 per gallon.

WDAY-TV reports that gasoline prices in Fargo are hitting record numbers, too. In a little more than 24 hours, the price for a gallon jumped about forty cents. Many gas stations in Fargo-Moorhead area now charge $4.19 a gallon. Last week, the average price of gas was $3.61.

Pump prices are also on the move across the northern part of Minnesota. WDIO-TV found gasoline prices as high as $4.44 per gallon in International Falls and Iron River, Wisconsin Friday. In Duluth prices surged as high as $4.39 for a gallon, and $4.37 in Superior.

Minnesota has been hit particularly hard by gas price increases in the last week. According to Fox 9, the Twin Cities has seen a 42-cent increase in gas prices per gallon, while the nationwide average has risen by 7 cents per gallon.

Since last month, Twin Cities gas prices have risen nearly 80 cents per gallon.

The spike in gas prices has prompted U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar to press the Energy Department to take action.

WCCO reports that the spike in increases is the result of the closure of oil refineries in the Midwest for maintenance, including two large refineries in the Chicago area.

In her letter to U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Klobuchar wrote, "Scheduled maintenance at refineries should not be allowed to cause such major disruptions in supply."

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