NORTH DAKOTA — The winter storms caused 11 refineries to go off-line in Texas.

That means higher gas prices around the country.

In North Dakota, the average gas price rose 13 cents in two weeks, and 22 cents over the past month.

It's now $2.50 per gallon.

AAA in Fargo says gas prices have been increasing since the beginning of the year, with the news of the covid-19 vaccine.

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Gas prices are 16 cents higher than a year ago.

"Even in the midst of this pandemic, we are still paying higher gas prices than we were one year ago. However, I believe we will start to see that changing in the coming months," said Gene LaDoucer , AAA spokesperson.

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