There’s “no answer” to why South Dakota’s gas prices lag behind its neighboring states when it comes lowering its prices, it’s the norm, officials say.
Of South Dakota’s neighbors, four have lower statewide price average: Minnesota $3.51, Iowa $3.57, Nebraska $3.62 and Wyoming $ 3.64.
North Dakota’s mirrors South Dakota’s and Montana’s is three cents higher.
Gas price in the U.S. have began to lower with the switch to producing cheaper, winter-blend gasoline and the end of the summer travel season.
Marilyn Buskohl, AAA South Dakota public affairs specialist, said when those changes go into effect the state does follow the trend “but we’re just not as quick as our neighboring states to lower our prices.”
Buskohl expects prices to align with surrounding states within weeks.
“I’d say safely within the next couple weeks we will be right in line with our bordering states,” she said.
Prices in five other Midwestern states have fallen by at least a dime per gallon: Kentucky 11 cents, Michigan 12 cents, Missouri 12 cents, Ohio 13 cents and Indiana 14 cents.
The national average price of regular self serve gasoline is $3.51 per gallon, a nickel cheaper than last week, and three cents cheaper than a month ago and 35 cents cheaper than a year ago.
South Dakota Fuel Price Overview:
Today’s Average price of self serve gasoline
Rapid City: $3.617
Sioux Falls: $3.568
South Dakota: $3.650
Source: AAA South Dakota
The Sioux Falls Area Running Club, along with Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation and Sanford Health, are hosting the first of three Kids Cross-Country Series events Wednesday.
The first race is Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Morningside Park at 33rd Street and Bahnson Avenue in Sioux Falls. More races will be held Sept. 18 and Sept. 25. Registration is at 4 p.m. for all events.
Kindergarteners and first graders will run a quarter of a mile, second and third graders a half-mile and fourth, fifth and sixth graders a mile.
The event is free, but parents must sign a waiver before each child can run.
I’ll be there this afternoon. Follow the nightbeat blog or @ArgusMWalker for updates from the event.
Families will have the opportunity to meet first responders and other emergency personnel in a family-fun environment on Sept. 7.
The free event, Meet the Heroes of Sioux Falls, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wendy’s parking lot near 12th Street and Lyons Avenue in western Sioux Falls.
Members of the Army National Guard, Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and Sioux Falls Fire Rescue will be on hand. Children can tour a military Humvee, a fire truck, ambulance and police car.
The event is sponsored by Wendy’s Restaurants of Sioux Falls, Argus Leader Media and KSFY.
10 Things to Know for Friday
The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. OBAMA FACES RESISTANCE ON POSSIBLE SYRIA STRIKE
The administration shared intelligence with lawmakers aimed at convincing them the Syrian government used chemical weapons.
2. BRITISH PRIME MINISTER LOSES SYRIA WAR VOTE
The stunning defeat in Parliament will almost guarantee that Britain plays no direct role in a possible U.S. attack.
3. POT LUCK IN WASH., COLO.
The Justice Department says the two states can let people use marijuana, license people to grow it and even allow adults to buy it in stores.
4. NFL REACHES $765M DEAL ON CONCUSSION-RELATED LAWSUITS
The agreement would compensate thousands of retired players suffering from dementia and other brain disorders they blame on violent collisions.
5. WHY TYLENOL CAPS ARE GETTING NEW WARNING LABELS
Overdoses from acetaminophen send 55,000 to 80, 000 people to the emergency room in the U.S. each year and kill at least 500.
6. BIDEN RENEWS CALL FOR GUN CONTROL
But the vice president’s pledge to seek legislative fixes faces grim prospects amid the current climate on Capitol Hill.
7. “TWO SHOTS, THAT’S ALL I DID TO HER”
A 911 recording is released of a Kentucky man telling the dispatcher he shot and killed his cancer-stricken wife. He later says she asked him to stop her pain “for good.”
8. BAN ON STRAIGHT-TO-GAY PSYCHOTHERAPY STANDS
A federal appeals court upholds the nation’s first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight.
9. HOW BEING SHORT ON CASH CAN MAKE YOUR BRAIN SLOWER
A study finds that people worrying about paying bills tend to temporarily lose the equivalent of 13 IQ points.
10. CHIMPANZEE ‘ENRICHMENT SESSION’ PAYS OFF
A 37-year-old primate who paints with his tongu e wins an art contest and $10,000 for his sanctuary, Chimp Haven, in Louisiana.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued alerts or other safety information about a number of products, including
These and other alerts were prompted by reports FDA received from health care professionals and the public through the agency’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program.
Read this Consumer Update to learn more about these safety alerts and what to do if you’ve used one of the products described.
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information
AAA South Dakota’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report: http://fuelgaugereport.aaa.com/