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Gas prices on the rise

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Thanks to two refineries going down in Illinois, gas prices across much of the Midwest are skyrocketing.

Minnesota has the second highest gas prices in the nation.

Earlier several stations in Rochester were selling gas for $4.09 a gallon, but now gas is as high as $4.12 in some places.

While refineries in Illinois are the root of the problem, there are other factors contributing to the high prices.

One problem is that there's no gasoline reserves to help ease the pain at the pump because refineries have switched from a winter to summer blend of fuel.

These problems have drivers in Rochester feeling the pinch.

"I only have a certain amount of money. I'm retired so I don't have any extra cash so when gas goes up, I stop traveling," said Rosalind Rood. "I just can't go anywhere any more. I just stay home and everything I do is in a circle so I can save on gas."

Gas prices are also going up with Memorial Day weekend approaching.

Many people are planning to travel for the holiday, and with high demand and a low supply prices will continue to rise over the next few weeks.

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