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Drop In Pil Prices Affects Jobs In South Dakota

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In The Moment ... April 28, 2020 Show 805 Hour 1

The recent drop in oil prices could soon, if not already, affect jobs here in South Dakota as this drop has a major impact on Bakken oil extraction. Dan Soeder is the director of the Energy Resources Initiative at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He joins us today to discuss how the pandemic is going to change the fossil fuel industry.

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Tim Schorn is the Director of International Studies and professor of political science at the University of South Dakota.He's with us today to talk about Afghanistan, ISIS and North Korea.

As you may have seen on ESPN there was a little league team from Sioux Falls competing in Williamsport. The team is coached by Jeff Riley and he joins us once again via telephone.

Fourth of July Travel At All-Time High

Jun 27, 2016

This Fourth of July weekend could see record-breaking numbers of travelers. AAA predicts that increased auto and air travel may result in benefits beyond the holidays.

Nearly 43 million Americans are projected to travel this weekend. Marilyn Buskohl of AAA South Dakota expects the state to have a one percent increase over last year in holiday travel. She says this prediction is based on low gas prices, which are 40 cents lower in the state than last year.


Lori Walsh with Gregg Laskoski, Senior Petroleum Analyst for Laskoski returns to Dakota Midday to discuss the driving outlook and gas prices for South Dakota as we kick off the season of tourism and road trips. He’ll also discuss expectations for beyond the summer months and about mobile services available to consumers. To access an app for South Dakota gas prices, you can go to

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The price at the pump is falling in South Dakota and across the nation. The average price for a gallon of gas in South Dakota today is $2.72, according to the gas price tracking site That's just under two cents cheaper than a week ago. A year ago the average price was $3.48.  The national average for gas is just under $2.69. Analysts expect  that the latter half of the summer will bring cheaper gas prices while the fall could see gas prices dropping below $2.00 a gallon.

According to AAA, the average price for gas in South Dakota is nearing two dollars a gallon. That is a fall of 42 per cent from the 2014 high of $3.60 in July. While this is good news for the pocketbook, it’s not so good news for traffic safety. According to some studies, cheaper gas results in more crashes and fatalities.

After a slight increase, gas prices across the nation have started to fall again. According to, the national average for a gallon of regular gas is $3.37. In South Dakota, the average is a penny less with a few Sioux Falls stations selling gas for less than three dollars. GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Gregg Laskoski joined Dakota Midday and said gas prices are falling as stations switch to cheaper winter blends this week.

Gas prices have been falling in South Dakota and the nation over the past month. According to, the average price for a gallon of gas in South Dakota on Monday was $3.48. The national average was $3.50. A month ago South Dakotans were paying an average of $3.57 for a gallon of gas. The national average is at its lowest point since March of this year. Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for, joined Dakota Midday and discussed the reasons for the mid-summer gas price decline.


State Sees Slight Decrease in Gas Prices

Apr 8, 2014

South Dakotans are seeing a slight drop in gas prices this week. The average price across the state for a gallon of regular gasoline is about $3.52. The national average stands about six cents higher. Marilyn Buskohl with AAA South Dakota says things like refinery problems or switching to summer blends cause the big jumps in price. She says citizens are fortunate gas prices haven’t seen a dramatic increase like last year.

Dropping Fuel Prices

Oct 29, 2013

Average retail gasoline prices in South Dakota have fallen 10.1 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.25 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 628 gas outlets in the state.  The national average fell by 5.9 cents to an average of $3.30.  Gregg Laskoski, Senior Petroleum Analyst for, explained that last week saw new downward momentum in crude prices for the first time since early July.

Labor Day Weekend Travel

Aug 29, 2013

Spokesperson Marilyn Buskohl of AAA South Dakota discussed Labor Day weekend travel projections.  AAA projects 73,500 South Dakotans will travel more than 50 miles from home over the upcoming Labor Day holiday, a 6.4% increase over last year.  Of those travelers, 89% are expected to be reaching their destination by private motor vehicle.  Nationwide, 34.1 million Americans will travel over this weekend as AAA is predicting a 4.2% increase over a year ago.  The anticipated increase in holiday travel is predominantly being credited to increased consumer spending and the recovering housing mar

Rising Fuel Prices

Feb 12, 2013

Though fuel prices are on the rise everywhere, Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski told Dakota Midday that South Dakota's average price per gallon is 13-cents lower than the national average.

Gas Prices Reach Year Low

Dec 18, 2012

Today’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is the lowest it’s been all year. The current average $3.25. The previous lowest price of the year was three cents higher than today’s average, and was recorded almost a year ago on January 1st. Gas prices have declined for almost a month, and the current average is 17 cents less than a month ago. Marilyn Buskohl with AAA South Dakota says fuel prices were slow to decline this year.