MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the new year, Minnesota drivers are paying more at the pumps than a year ago.

The average price statewide is $3.24 a gallon. That compares to $3.07 this time last year.

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Over the last year, prices skyrocketed up to a statewide average high of $3.96 in May.

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Oil ended the year at $98 a barrel, which is down from over $100 late last week.

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Analysts say a stronger dollar has been helping to keep a cap on oil prices.