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Gas prices for holiday lowest in almost 20 years

Brad Williams

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The price of gas at some La Crosse stations has gone up about 70 per cent in the last month. 

That’s the bad news.  The good news is, gas is still under $2 a gallon. 

A few stations raised their pump price for regular to $1.79 on Monday, just ahead of Memorial Day. 

That’s almost exactly a dollar lower than last year at this time. 

Over the weekend, the local average was $1.67, and a month ago, it was $1.04. 

The statewide average, according to the Wisconsin AAA, is $1.76. 

The national average price is $1.87, which is the lowest Memorial Day average in almost 20 years. 

The AAA also predicts car travel for the holiday will be at its lowest in recent memory, and isn’t even venturing a guess as to how many Americans will drive next weekend, with shutdown orders still in effect around much of the country. 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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