The price of gas, while it isn't exactly skyrocketing, did go up over the last week in South Dakota. But not by a whole lot.

The average price for a gallon of gas in South Dakota is up a penny to $2.16 this week according to AAA. That is a scant two cents higher than a week ago and less than a penny compared to a month ago.

“Gasoline stocks hit their lowest level since the pandemic began and demand dipped on the week, down to 8.6 million b/d,” said Marilyn Buskohl, AAA spokesperson in a press release. “These decreases typically lead to cheaper pump prices, but this summer we’ve seen atypical gas price trends.”

The average price for a gallon of gas is also up a smidge in Sioux Falls, increasing by only a penny to $2.13. One year ago gas was $2.44 per gallon.

Six months ago here in the 605's biggest little city, we were paying $2.33 per gallon. That was still February and we still had a few weeks of normalcy left before the coronavirus pandemic ruined everything.

This weekend I'm taking a little trip to the Twin Cities. Out of curiosity, I checked the prices in the Minneapolis - Saint Paul area. The average price there, as of this writing, is just $2.04. However, in Forest Lake, the town just north of the metro where I will be staying, the price is $2.14.

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