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Huber: The game at the pump continues

The price of a gallon of gasoline is getting better but still not good enough.

At $2.99 a gallon at the pump, the cost for a fill-up Sunday stopped in the lower $30 range which was a marked difference compared to over $40 a few weeks ago.

On the average, retail gasoline prices in the West Fargo, Fargo, Moorhead area fell 6.9 cents per gallon in the past week, according to Gas Buddy’s daily survey of 73 gas outlets in Fargo. Most of the stations are now at $2.99, which to many is monumental given the long $3-plus run.

However, these figures aren’t holding true nationally, with an increase of 6 cents per gallon in the last week making the national average $3.21 a gallon.

Including the change in gas prices locally during the past week, prices on Sunday were 17.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 24.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 16.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 22.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

The question remains will prices drop even lower, or is this just another ploy for whatever the reason, that will see prices skyrocketing again soon?

Depending upon what news outlet you listen to, the reasoning behind this downslide varies. What it all boils down to is it doesn’t really matter because as the saying goes “it is what it is” and we need to enjoy it while we can.

With winter coming on and the need to burn extra gasoline to keep our vehicles warm, let’s hope whatever is driving the decrease in gas pricing continues. With the increase in the cost of almost everything you shop for no matter what the marketplace, every hardworking consumer deserves any break they can get.