This past weekend, my fiance and I went up north to see the family. We noticed gas prices were fairly low in some of the little towns along the way to Minot - only $1.49 in Max. Now, I'm well aware that we can't complain about the price of gas these days, but is Bismarck really keeping the prices high while other North Dakota towns are dropping their prices?

According to KFYR-TV, the experts are saying that Bismarck is about 40 cents more per gallon than the rest of the state. Now, I didn't realize that more than a few little towns offered gas at such low prices. I decided to check around for myself.

From what I'm seeing, the western side of North Dakota is just higher in price in general - it has been for as long as I can remember. Yes, Max is selling gas for $1.49, but Minot is at $1.69-$1.79; and Williston, Dickinson, and Bismarck are at $1.69. So, Bismarck doesn't appear to be alone at keeping their prices up.

It's not until you get to Fargo that you'll see a big drop. Fargo is almost always the cheapest place in the state. The lowest I can find is at Costco for $1.32. Grand Forks' lowest price is $1.55 at Sam's Club.

You can check the lowest North Dakota gas prices on Gas Buddy.