The dramatic increase in fuel prices in the Upper Midwest is increasing costs to wholesalers and retailers, with the greatest effects on smaller distributors. Also at greater risk are wholesalers that increased delivery distances by closing warehouses, according to industry sources. Average U.S. on-highway per-gallon diesel prices have risen from $1.31 in January to $1.45 in early July, according to government figures. In the Midwest, the price has gone from $1.29 in January to $1.45. ...

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