Letter: Price gouging for gasoline in Alexandria?
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To the editor:
If you have been driving around Minnesota recently you have probably noticed that we are paying significantly higher prices for gasoline in Alexandria than in other cities and towns.
It is not unusual for the price of gasoline to fluctuate in different parts of the state by as much as 10 cents per gallon but that difference has ballooned to 60 cents per gallon recently.
Last week I went on a trip to southeast Minnesota and was pleased to see that the price of gasoline had dropped to $3.99 per gallon in that area. When I returned to Alexandria I expected to see lower prices on gasoline but the price had not dropped and was still $4.59 per gallon. The price here has dropped around 25 cents per gallon in the past week but the price in other parts of the state has also dropped and is now $3.65 per gallon in many parts of the state, including St. Cloud.
Alexandria may have always been a little higher for gasoline because it is a resort community but why the huge difference now?