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Fair value for gas dollars?

I have some questions about the gas sold in Minnesota as compared to Iowa. On March 11, 2012, I filled the gas tank in Emily, Minn., with 87-octane gas at $3.549 per gallon in our Fusion with a four-cylinder engine. We drove to Des Moines, Iowa, to visit my 94-year old father. I used cruise control most of the way. On March 13, 2012, I refilled the gas tank in Des Moines using the low-priced Iowa gas blend which is 89-octane at $3.599 per gallon and then I calculated 33.2 miles-per-gallon for the trip from Emily, Minn., to Des Moines, Iowa,

When we returned to Emily, Minnesota, on March 13 I refilled the gas tank with Minnesota low priced 87-octane gas at $3.599 and calculated 37.2 miles-per-gallon. Road conditions and weather were identical on both travel days. I recorded a 4 miles-per-gallon better with the low priced Iowa blend of gas. This is not the first time that I have had the same improvements in miles-per-gallon on a return trip using the Iowa special blend gas after a visit with my father.

Is this gas blend something that Minnesota should consider? Are Minnesotans getting fair value and performance for their gas dollars?

Kent Rees


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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