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Published May 26, 2012, 11:10 AM

Gas Prices won't stop many from Traveling Memorial Day Weekend

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There are plenty of other people who won't be stopped by gas prices this weekend.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

There are plenty of other people who won't be stopped by gas prices this weekend. According to AAA, across the country more than 30 million people will drive more than 50 miles for Memorial Day trips. That's 400-thousand more than last year. And though gas seems high, in our area it's about 10 cents cheaper than this time last year.

John Lamothe – Manning, ND: “Yeah they're a little high. For me, that's a good thing. It shows that obviously we're drilling here in North Dakota, and it keeps a lot of people employed.”

Economists predict gas will cost $3.79 on average this summer, up eight cents from last year, but much cheaper than the original summer prediction of 4 to 5 dollars.

Meantime, it’s the people in Western North Dakota complaining about gas prices, wondering why they pay more than we do on the eastern side of the state. It's almost 50 cents more a gallon out west. Apparently we get a break at the pump, because 4 refineries supply eastern North Dakota, compared to just one out west and we also have more gas stations, so competition drives down prices.

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