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Dianne Christenson fills up her vehicle Tuesday at Walt’s on First Street South in Willmar after the station was one of the first in town to drop its prices 10 cents overnight. Prices in Willmar have declined more than 50 cents a gallon the past three weeks after hitting an all-time high in May. Tribune photo by Ashley White

Gas prices dropping but Minn. motorists still feeling the pinch

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LANSING, Mich. — The pain is subsidingfor drivers in the Midwest, including Minnesota, who have been grappling with the highest gasoline prices in the continental U.S.

Analysts said one major Illinois refinery is back online and another big one in Indiana is on track to ramp up production again soon. The refineries’ ongoing maintenance — which led to reduced supply and higher prices — are the primary culprits for the surge at the pump.

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