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Published September 13, 2012, 08:48 PM

High gas prices take returning North Dakota National Guard soldiers by surprise

(WDAY TV) -- The roller coaster ride of "gas prices" took a quick turn locally the last 48-hours, sending the price at the pumps soaring. Even North Dakota Guard soldiers returning to Fargo from Kosovo, got a taste of the pricey petro.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

(WDAY TV) -- The roller coaster ride of "gas prices" took a quick turn locally the last 48-hours, sending the price at the pumps soaring. Even North Dakota Guard soldiers returning to Fargo from Kosovo, got a taste of the pricey petro.

Moorhead's Brad Loween was way more concerned about the homecoming with his wife and three kids.

Away from Kosovo for a year, he came home ready for some well deserved R&R with the family.

When he left a year ago, has had slumped to that 3-dollar a gallon price. Today, Brad came home to 4-dollar a gallon unleaded gas.

Brad Lowen: "It was probably 2.85 when he left."

Did we mention he drives a suburban.

Lowen: "We are going to fill it up and have fun."

Tim Bailey of Grand Forks got quite the welcome from his son, and the rest of the family,

First time seeing my daughter in person, I could not be happier.

Eager to welcome home the soldier. After avoiding the gas pump and sporadic dips and dives while on deployment, he will now face what we've been dealing with....

"Whew!!"

unknown prices.

Tim Bailey: "Not looking forward to traveling and driving and paying for all that gas."

And imagine planning a 4-wheeler and motorcycle trip to Montana. These two couples did the math, instead of an enclosed trailer with bikes and 4-wheelers, trying to figure out how much the gas mileage would go down,

they figured out they could save a thousand dollars by leaving the bikes at home.

A gas marketing officials says higher prices in North Dakota are catching up with those nation wide. And cites fewer operating refineries for creating demand problems.

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