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Published February 05, 2013, 02:46 PM

Gas Prices On the Rise Again

Some are feeling pain at the pump with prices climbing more than 20 cents per gallon in the past week. Local economists say it could be because of an upturn in the economy and the upcoming summer travel season.

Some are feeling pain at the pump with prices climbing more than 20 cents per gallon in the past week. Local economists say it could be because of an upturn in the economy and the upcoming summer travel season.

According to AAA's daily fuel gauge report the current average price of gas in North Dakota is $3.41, just one month ago it was nearly 25 cents cheaper than that.

AAA spokesman Gene LaDoucer says we should not see highs like last year and doesn't expect gas prices to hit that four dollar mark. LaDoucer says the US and overseas economies are doing better and with the stock market at an all time high they expect demand will increase which is starting to be reflected in gas prices. Driving around Grand Forks you will find prices have reached $3.49 per gallon for regular unleaded, causing people working at gas stations and those filling up to feel the crunch.

Economists say the highest gas prices they expect would reach between $3.70 and $3.80, just in time for summer driving season in May or June.

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