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Gas prices across rural areas taking big bite out of budgets

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ST. PAUL -- A new study shows what rural Minnesotans already knew: Gasoline takes a bigger bite out of their budgets than their city cousins.

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Research by the Center for Rural Policy and Development shows that if gasoline costs $3 a gallon, 7 percent of an average rural resident's income would go for gasoline. At the same price, 3.9 percent of an urbanite's pay would go to fuel.

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