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Bismarck Drivers React To Gas Prices

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North Dakota drivers filling up are part of history. Gas prices hit a record high today.

Talk about sticker shock.

Gas prices soared today, surpassing the previous record high of $4.08 a gallon set in 2008.

According to Gassbuddy.com drivers at some stations in Bismarck are paying from $4.14 a gallon to $4.49 for premium.

And it may get worse.

So what's behind the sharp increase?

Eugene Graner, President of Heartland Investor Services, says three refineries that feed our region are down for annual maintained - planned or unplanned.

He says, those refineries did not store fuel to use during their outage which is causing a shortage of fuel in our region.

The shortage is also causing gas stations to run out.

President of the North Dakota Petroleum Retailers Association, Mike Rud, says some gas stations in Jamestown and Fargo are out of fuel.

Bismarck drivers are taking the news the best they can.

Many drivers we spoke with say they'd still like to see prices below four dollars a gallon, but the recent increase isn't forcing them to change their driving habits.

"Not really I mean it's just a few pennies, and you're still going to get where you need to be, still need to work, still need to do what you want to do," Dave Winbauer said.

"You've gotta have gas what are you going to do, it happens every year at this time, the holiday," Jon Hinseth said.

"It's horrible, I hate it, I want it back to when I was a kid when it was like 89 cents a gallon," LaRae Stark said.

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