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West River Gasoline Prices Rise, Unaffected by Governor’s Executive Order

Governor Kristi Noem’s suspension of trucking safety regulations hasn’t boosted fuel supply enough to prevent gasoline prices from surging West River:

Gas prices have climbed around 25 cents per gallon in the past week in Rapid City as thousands of bikers and visitors descend upon the Black Hills.

…The average price per gallon in Rapid City is now $3.54 a gallon, according to AAA’s website. The average price in South Dakota is $3.16 [Shannon Marvel, “Rally, Busy Tourist Season Driving up Price of Gasoline, AAA Says,” Rapid City Journal, updated 2021.08.07].

But we’ve learned by now that our Governor’s executive orders aren’t meant to produce results until Election Day, right?


  1. Jake 2021-08-08 08:30

    Because of its short duration of 30 days, (ending right after the rally of course), this big government edict was more than likely put forth to boost some large political donor’s trucking business as a ‘payoff’!

    Aviation fuel COULD have been a factor, also, with the added 8 flights or so/day at
    RC Regional Airport, servicing the Rally $$$$…..

  2. grudznick 2021-08-08 08:35

    Governor Noem’s executive order also did not keep gas prices down in surrounding states. For instance, take a look at the prices rising in Lincoln NE. However her order seems to have met her intent to keep the gas being delivered.

    But sad news for those poor slobs down south, out-of-state.

  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-08-08 08:47

    Jake, good point about making sure the airports could keep flying in those lazy tourists who truck their bikes in while they fly in comfort.

    Hmmm… maybe we’d have more truckers available to haul airplane fuel for our firefighters if we didn’t have so many truckers hauling motorcycles to Sturgis.

  4. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-08-08 08:48

    So the point, Grudz, appears to be that Noem’s executive order has shown no different economic outcome from states where governors issued no such orders? Are you providing empirical proof that Noem’s executive order had the equivalent effect of doing nothing?

  5. Jake 2021-08-08 08:56

    Cory, your point to Grudz is right on point! In Montana 2 weeks ago, Bozeman airport was restricting commercial jets due to that airport being used to refill/refuel the jet aircraft being used nowadays on the big Oregon fires, and some Montana fires.

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2021-08-08 12:33

    Jake, curious: is the Bozeman still short on jet fuel for the firefighting efforts? Has Montana suspended trucker safety regs or taken other actions to ease the bottleneck? Is the Bozeman airport’s restriction on commercial flights still in effect? Does that restriction come from the airport itself or from state officials?

  7. grudznick 2021-08-08 14:26

    My point, as you know Mr. H, is that no matter the story you just have to spin it because of your NDS. It’s almost like you are an out-of-state hater, like most others here.

  8. Richard Schriever 2021-08-08 14:59

    grudz – there is no ‘syndrome’ at work here. Noem is deranged.

  9. Jake 2021-08-08 15:10

    grudz is syndromed to the truth-sorta like kryptonite to Superman was.
    Don’t know about current status of Bozeman-and as far as I know, Montana’s governor acts more like a governor should act.

  10. W R Old Guy 2021-08-08 15:33

    I am currently in North Central PA which has one of the highest gas taxes in the USA ($.58 per gallon). Pump price is $3.26 per gallon here. But then again we do not have the Rally here. Hopefully RC prices will drop before We get home..

  11. Arlo Blundt 2021-08-08 15:39

    Well..the Governor’s deregulation of certain trucking regulations was just the Republican knee jerk reaction to any perceived “issue” which is really market driven. Trucks are the scariest and most deadly vehicles you meet during your day to day driving. More deregulation of the trucking industry doesn’t make me feel any more safe or assured. Just another reason to keep those knuckles white on the driving wheel. Thanks, but no thanks, Governor Noem.

  12. Donald Pay 2021-08-08 15:43

    Madison, WI $2.87. Wisconsin has a law that prevents gas stations from selling below cost. That prevents gas wars and special discounts by the big guys to drive out competition. As a result we have a very competitive market that works for the consumer.

  13. mike from iowa 2021-08-08 15:44

    Bought unleaded gas for lawnmower today, 3.23.9 per gallon, while gasahol was still $2.89.9 per gallon. No huge price jumps here. Wolf. Wolf. Wolf.

  14. Steve H 2021-08-08 16:01

    ” It’s almost like you are an out-of-state hater, like most others here.”

    Hey Grudz….he soon will be!

  15. jerry 2021-08-08 16:27

    Remember when Tom Daschle was on these west river bandidos and the coincidence of all having the same price for their gas? It is actually cheaper to buy bulk gas from Mitchell than getting it from the end of the pipeline in Rapid City, what an outlaw enterprise.

  16. grudznick 2021-08-08 19:48

    Mr. Steve, you don’t say!?

  17. mike from iowa 2021-08-08 20:23

    So clever Steve dropped by to refresh his scent post and Grudzilla is the first to inhale its disgusting magat odor. Does it smell like used gravy taters, Grudzie?

  18. Porter Lansing 2021-08-08 20:38

    Good one , MFI. 🤣

  19. Richard Schriever 2021-08-08 21:35

    $3.14 in Lemmon. Bikers are sparse in these here parts.

  20. Arlo Blundt 2021-08-08 21:49

    Well..its not that there is any shortage of gas…even with refineries dialing back during the pandemic , there’s still plenty of gas to service the market in the US, which right now is at peak demand…I would expect gas to go to over 3.50 before Labor Day but its not a supply and demand issue as it is a peak demand period and, frankly, a time to maximize profits. We like to find all kinds of villains when gas prices rise but basically its the old adage “Make hay while the sun shines.”

  21. Super Sweet 2021-08-08 23:31

    $4.09 per gallon where I live on the Olympic Peninsula. No bikers or trucks here.

  22. cibvet 2021-08-09 00:11

    $3.39 Whitewood $3.69 Sturgis.Greed is noted.

  23. Celesta 2021-08-09 12:26

    3.15 in Sioux Falls…I thank God I left the tourist trap known as Rapid City.🙌

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