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Why are New Ulm gas prices so high?

November 12, 2013

To the editor: Are the Germans on the New Ulm City Council imposing an import tariff on fuel deliveries to our city, or why is it that gas is so much higher in New Ulm than everywhere else? On a......

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Nov-12-13 2:31 AM

I commute to Mankato everyday. The gas prices are pretty much the same. The only time it varies is if the price of gas changes. Every gas station doesn't change the price at the same time. And the people on the city council are Americans, not Germans.

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Nov-12-13 9:11 AM

Yunosmart -- I pray that you are just as quick to remind our fair citizens that our neighbors are Hispanic-Americans(Americans) and not Mexicans.

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Nov-12-13 9:36 PM

The 30 million illegal Mexicans living in America are not my vision of good neighbors.

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Nov-12-13 9:53 PM

I can never understand how a topic can get so far off base. yunosmart was just stating a fact about gas prices. GEEZ

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Nov-13-13 9:09 AM

Captive market? Either that or it really does cost 20 cents more per gallon to get gas to New Ulm when compared to the Cities for example.

Today (11/13/13) parts of the Twin Cities are trending in the upper $2.80 range while we just dropped to low $3.00 range in NU.

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Nov-13-13 9:17 AM

I saw a 5% variance in the price of gas on a recent trip to the Twin Cities. Really not out of the ordinary. It just seems like it's a big difference because the cost per gallon remains so high. Another legacy of the Obama years.

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Nov-14-13 12:25 AM

That was a legacy of the Bush years, as well. I remember paying over $4.00 per gallon when I was commuting to the metro every day in 2004. Filling up every day got really expensive. Luckily, the money was really good. Here's a thought: The president does not set the gas prices and actually has very little influence over them.

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Nov-14-13 10:59 AM

Prices peaked at $4.11 in 2008 for a short time under Bush then dropped. When Obama took office they had dropped to a $1.61 average. The thing with Obama is they started to climb and the trend has never reversed. With Bush prices were actually lower when he left office then when he took office $2.37 vs. $1.61. You can't say the same about Obama at least to this point in his administration.

As for 2004, not sure where you were buying your gas back then MCW but the national average peaked just over $2.00 a gallon that year.

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Nov-14-13 8:51 PM

Just today New Ulm is lower than any town in a 30 miles radius including Mankato so stop your stupid comment about this being German related. Move away if you don't like us.

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Nov-14-13 9:52 PM

I call BS, JR. I was commuting in the summer of 2004 to the metro area. I remember putting E85 in my vehicle to see how it compared in cost per mile to regular gas, which was just over $4.00 per gallon.

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Nov-14-13 9:53 PM

Excuse me, it may have been 2005.

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Nov-15-13 9:57 AM


I can't help it if your memory isn't what it should be. Google historic gas prices and you can see for yourself. Graphs don't lie and are much more reliable than your memory seems to be.

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Nov-15-13 6:40 PM

Well then, every gas station in New Ulm and the Metro were screwing us then.

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Nov-16-13 8:52 AM

Gas prices have more to do with the world market and refinery owners conveniently shutting down for "maintenance" at opportune times than any president. You are all fools for believing that President Obama or President Bush drives around the country changing the numbers at the gas station signs.

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Nov-17-13 9:31 AM

As of 11/16 - gas in New Ulm $2.99, Gas in Mankato $3.12. The only ones getting screwed are those poor folks in Mankato. All is once again right with the world.

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