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Forum News Service, Published June 13 2013

West-central Minnesota still in drought

WILLMAR, Minn. - Even with the numerous heavy wet snows in April and May and seemingly abundant rainfall, west-central Minnesota is still in a moderate to severe drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows that severe drought conditions remain in portions of Renville, Redwood and Yellow Medicine counties. The severe-rated area is just 0.87 percent of the state’s land, but it is a significant portion of those three counties.

The southern portion of Kandiyohi County, along with western Meeker, western and southern Swift, much of Renville, eastern Yellow Medicine and portions of Lyon, Redwood, Brown, Nicollet and Sibley counties remain at the moderate drought rating. There is also a portion of northern Minnesota, including Beltrami and surrounding counties, still in the moderate drought stage.

Most of west-central and southwest Minnesota continues to be in abnormally dry. A total of 66 percent of the state is no longer in drought conditions.