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Residents paying more for gas

Southwestern North Dakota is up to its ears in oil but that doesn't mean gas is cheaper here. Gas prices in Fargo were about 24 cents lower than gas prices in Dickinson Tuesday and nationally, North Dakota is ninth when it comes to high-priced ga...

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Press Photo by Lisa Miller Jerry Bednark of Minneapolis watches the pump as he fills gas at Tiger Discount in Dickinson Saturday afternoon.

Southwestern North Dakota is up to its ears in oil but that doesn't mean gas is cheaper here. Gas prices in Fargo were about 24 cents lower than gas prices in Dickinson Tuesday and nationally, North Dakota is ninth when it comes to high-priced gasoline.

"The difference in gas prices within a state are often related to the difference in distribution mechanisms and networks," said Gail Weinholzer, director of public affairs for AAA Minnesota/Iowa, adding that where the stations are getting the gas from also plays a part in price.

Patrick DeHaan, petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.com agrees and says Fargo is closer to a pipeline.

"With Fargo being so close to a pipeline the gas doesn't have to travel far, but in Dickinson the closest gas line terminals are in Mandan and Glendive, Mont.,"?DeHaan said. "Not only does the gas have to travel farther but there are less options at the wholesale level and less competition between retailers."

Most gas stations in Dickinson were charging $2.94 per gallon for regular Tuesday, as opposed to the $2.69 to $2.70 at at least a half a dozen stores in Fargo.

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Weinholzer said another reason gas prices are lower in cities and towns on the eastern side of the state is because Minnesota's state average price is $2.86.

"This causes cities near the border to compete with each other and a good example would be Fargo and Moorhead (Minn.)," she said.

Weinholzer said gas prices vary among states for the same reasons they vary within states, and also because of the difference in gas tax. Laredo, Texas had the lowest prices Tuesday at $2.55, according to gasbuddy.com.

Even though the experts say there is not much competition at the retail level, some small towns near Dickinson are proving them wrong.

Gas stations in Killdeer, Beach and New England have found a way to help their neighbors cut the cost of driving by a few cents everyday.

The price at most stations in Dickinson and Bismarck was $2.99 per gallon for super unleaded gasoline and $2.94 per gallon for regular Monday.

Grab N Go in Killdeer charged $2.97 for regular gasoline and $2.92 for ethanol blend Saturday.

"It (the lower prices) works for me," Jamie Armitage, Killdeer resident said. "I work in Dickinson so I gas up in Killdeer."

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Farmers Union Oil Co. of Beach was charging $2.87 for regular.

Alliance Ag Cooperative General Manager Scott Smith said prices vary depending on when they buy gas and at what price.

"Sometimes we are lucky and have enough storage and can keep the prices lower and other times we are higher," he said.

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