Drivers across Minnesota are feeling the pain at the pumps. As of March 11, the average gas price in Minnesota was $3.95. That’s 37 cents less than the national average, according to AAA.
Gas prices reached $3.90 in Minnesota in 2008 and then soared to over $4 in 2013.
President Joe Biden’s recent ban on all Russian oil imports over Moscow’s war in Ukraine is partly to blame. Russia is the third largest oil supplier in the world, accounting for 11% of global production.
“It’s ridiculous. I commute to Maple Grove so I fill up every third day and these gas prices cost me 80 bucks every time I fill up,” a St. Cloud resident said. “Open up the pipelines; get our oil from Canada, get all our fuel from the United States instead of over in Russia.”
Some drivers told Alpha News that sometimes they are forced to choose between food or gas.
“I just bought my own truck. I’m trying to get my life going and better myself and these prices are just killing us right now. This country really needs to take notice and do something about it,” said another Minnesotan.