Gas prices skyrocket across the county

Gas prices rose more than 30 cents overnight, sending area residents into mild shock and uncertainty.

Gas prices rose more than 30 cents overnight, sending area residents into mild shock and uncertainty.

Price per gallon shoots up more than 30 cents overnight

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

 

Morrison County residents were shocked to drive past local gas stations and see prices above $4 per gallon Wednesday morning, after going to sleep the night before with prices hovering near $3.87.

Upsala resident Henry Kuechle has already calculated what some of the impact of the price hike will mean to his wallet.

“It will cost me $70 a week in gas at this price,” Kuechle said. “I’ll have to work one day a month just to be able to drive to work.”

Kuechle drives 31 miles to work in St. Cloud.

Paul Ripperton of Little Falls was shocked.

“It hurts; I didn’t figure it would go up that much,” he said.

“I was already at a point where I was trying to find places to cut back,” said Little Falls resident Leanne Wolbeck. “This new increase may mean some serious changes.”

Wolbeck speculates that her family may have to change what or how they eat. Children’s summer activities will be limited, not only because of fees but the gas money required to transport the kids.

“This morning I biked to a volunteer activity that I usually drive to,” she said. “I know other people are feeling the same way; it has already impacted most people’s livelihoods.”

Upsala City Clerk-Treasurer Adrian Welle, who lives in Pierz, drives about 40 miles to work four days a week. He also works 28 miles from home on weekends.

“Two or three of us car pool to work on the weekends,” Welle said. “We alternate driving, whoever is working that day.”

As to other solutions, Welle said, “It might be time to move closer to where I work.”

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