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Gas prices in Wis., Minn., lower than national average

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LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW) - The national average for regular unleaded gasoline in 2012 was $3.60 cents, according to the AAA Month Gas Price report.

It was the most expensive year on record, the report said.

But as of Jan. 7, the current national average has plummeted to $3.30, a savings of about $5 per fill up.

Prices at the pump may still seem high, but in La Crosse, Wis., Pam Moen, a spokesperson with AAA Wisconsin, says you'll pay around $3.19 for gas. That's $0.11 cents lower than the national average. But, a penny more than the Wisconsin state average.

In La Crescent, Minn., prices are comparable in part because of market competition.

The gas price average in Minnesota is currently $2.98, according to AAA Fuel Gauge Report.

The tax on gas is higher in Wisconsin than neighboring Minnesota, Moen said.

"And the reason why we see prices coming down… is the continued economic concerns globally… we've also had an increase in domestic crude oil production and we are in the season where we are using the winter blend fuels," Moen said.

"The price is down so you can spend a little more driving on the road and stuff like that," said Jim Larson, who was filling his car with gas at Pump 4 Le$$ in La Crescent.

Larson said less money in the tank means more mileage on the road.

"You got cash in the hand to do that," Larson said.

Gas price do tend to see a dip in the winter, Moen said. It's because the winter blend of fuels cost less.

Even though prices are expected to lower from years past, Moen said they may rise when the weather gets warmer.

No matter how far people travel, no matter the price, they'll always find their way back to the pump.

As for what makes gas prices fluctuate, it's pretty much a mystery. According to AAA Monthly Gas Price Report, disagreements in government could have an effect among many possibilities.

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