Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.44/gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.52/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Minnesota during the past week, prices yesterday were 12 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 18.7 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

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According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on January 15 in Minnesota have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.32/gallon in 2017, $1.77/gallon in 2016, $1.92/gallon in 2015, $3.24/gallon in 2014 and $2.96/gallon in 2013.

"With oil prices rallying to their highest level since 2014, it's no surprise that gasoline prices continue to show frustrating strength for this time of year," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "While winter is usually a time for modest declines at the pump, this year has seen anything but. While two years ago areas of the country flirted with sub-$1 gas prices, we now see most areas more than double that."