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Gas prices on the rise in Minnesota, nation

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Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.07/g Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Including the change in gas prices in Minnesota during the past week, prices yesterday were 20.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 13.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average has decreased 5.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 17.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“The national average has seen its bounce continue in the last week across most of the nation,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Some of the lows we saw just a couple weeks ago have vanished, replaced by higher digits as oil prices rallied. It will be an interesting week ahead as some notable progress emerged after developed countries came to a partial solution on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Just that action alone may result in significant downward pressure on oil prices as tough sanctions may soon be eased, allowing Iran’s oil to flood an already well-supplied marketplace,” DeHaan said.

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