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Published September 02, 2011, 09:14 PM

High Gas Prices Over The Holiday Weekend

Gas prices are on the rise as the Labor Day Weekend approaches, and it's affecting some travel plans. A lot of travelers say the high gas prices have taken a big chunk out of their wallets. Some people are choosing to stay in town this weekend and others just aren't traveling as far.

Gas prices are on the rise as the Labor Day Weekend approaches, and it's affecting some travel plans. A lot of travelers say the high gas prices have taken a big chunk out of their wallets. Some people are choosing to stay in town this weekend and others just aren't traveling as far.

The national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.64. Right now in North Dakota, that average is $3.80. Those higher prices have travelers digging deeper into their wallets.

"My suburban about 100 bucks, 120 bucks. A lot of money!" East Grand Forks resident Bob Bushy said.

According to AAA, North Dakota and Minnesota are among the top ten states with the highest prices for a gallon of gas. The average price for a gallon of gas one year ago was about one dollar cheaper than it is today.

"I used to work here in Grand Forks, you know for the last several years, but lately I said no I just cannot afford it. It's too much money," Crookston resident Ismael Portillo said.

And for some travelers, the cost has affected their travel plans all summer.

"I didn't go, I only went home like twice, two or three times this summer," Verndale resident Kirsten Lollar said.

"Most definitely, I used to go home a lot but now a three hour drive, not worth it," Janessa Weaver, also of Verndale, Minn. said.

"It's a lot," Lollar added.

"Uhhh so, so. Been on a motorcycle trip out to British Columbia and that was about it," Bushy said.

Gas prices in May were the highest this year. They've gone down a bit but holiday travel usually causes a spike at the pump.

"Its crazy, absolutely crazy. Nothing you can do about it," Bushy said.

Although, prices went down a bit from May, they've been pretty steady for the past three months. According to AAA, airfares are also on the rise and for the first time this year air travel is expected to decline on a major holiday.

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