Travel expected to be down 15% this summer due to COVID-19 pandemic

The upcoming Independence Day holiday would ordinarily be a very busy one for vacationing Minnesotans, but a new estimate finds travel will be down about 15-percent this summer, compared to last year. Triple-A Minnesota reported this week that the COVID-19 pandemic has more people itching to get out and go, but fewer of them are expected to hit the road, just to be on the safe side.  KAUS News spoke with Patrick DeHaan, the Head of Petroleum Analysis with the website who talked about what Minnesotans can expect price-wise for a gallon of gas for the holiday weekend…

DeHaan went on to state that the COVID-19 pandemic is probably, right now, the biggest factor in what drives gas prices up or down….

The current average price for a gallon of gas in Mower County is $2.19, which is tied for the highest per gallon price in the state with Kandiyohi, Waseca, Steele, Roseau and Lake Counties.  The county with the lowest average price for a gallon of gas is McLeod County in central Minnesota at $1.93.  The current statewide average is $2.10, while the national average is $2.18.