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Monitor Shows Minnesota No Longer In Severe Drought

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – For the first time in almost a year, Minnesota is no longer in a severe drought. That’s according to newly-released data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Data released Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday shows that no part of the state is in a severe drought and only about 11 percent of Minnesota is in a moderate drought. The data also shows that about a third of the state is “abnormally dry.”

Concerns of a drought among farmers and economists were very high until the region had plenty of snow over the winter and the months of April and May were exceptionally wet with several days of rain.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, southwestern Minnesota and north central Minnesota remain trouble spots for a drought.

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