LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Understanding gas prices in Bemidji
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I traveled to Thief River Falls on Monday, Aug. 8. Before I left Bemidji, I topped off my gas tank and paid $3.99 per gallon.
I monitored gas prices as I drove along. Gas was $3.69 at the junction of U.S. Highway 2 and Highway 59 near Erskine. And to my surprise, it was $3.49 in Thief River Falls. Virtually all stations along the way had cheaper gas prices than Bemidji.
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I have made frequent trips to Thief River Falls over the past several years. And, I have found that gas prices are consistently 10 to 20 cents cheaper along the way. I can live with that.
But, I can’t understand how the price can be lower by 50 cents. That seems to me to be too much of a differential to explain away easily. For me, that makes a difference of $8.50 per tank full.
Surely, it isn’t that much cheaper to supply gas to Bagley and Fosston and Erskine and Plummer and Brooks and Thief River Falls than to Bemidji.
Can someone please explain gas pricing in Bemidji to me?