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Amid Major Jump, Gas Prices Vary

February 24, 2011, 5:57 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Amid Major Jump, Gas Prices Vary
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Mr. Nifty is known for it's super gas prices. Yesterday it was $3.07 a gallon. Twenty-four hours later the price wasn't as nice.

"Don't know what to say. You just gotta do it. You gotta do it," Sioux Falls driver Joe Coleman said. 

The station's price spiked 36 cents. Drivers like Coleman are stuck in the middle, searching for the cheapest pumps in town. But options are out there. A station on the same block as Mr. Nifty offered gas for nearly 20 cents lower.

"I fill up twice a week. So to fill up it's about $36 right now," Holly Gladt said. 

The problem is that in the State of South Dakota there's no regulation over how much businesses can raise their prices per day, which makes it okay for businesses. 

"While our office on consumer protection does get concerns, there's really nothing the Attorney General's Office can do about the pricing. Consumers are free to shop around for better pricing," South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said. 

He said that's because Attorney General Marty Jackley does not have a law against price gouging as other states do.

"I have a little car. It's good on gas," driver Tasha Woods said. 

So Woods and other drivers will have to either search for their own, cheaper place or take the financial hit.

"I'll probably have to make some cuts," Gladt said. 

And that's never nifty, especially for the wallet.

"You try to buy a newer car to get better mileage. And gas goes up higher and higher. So you're kind of stuck.," Coleman said.

 A Mr. Nifty official would not comment on why the price skyrocketed at the station today. Other gas station managers we talked with off camera told us they try not to raise the price more than 10 cents a gallon per day.

For a list of gas prices around the United States click here.

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