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Drought making comeback in Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Drought is making a comeback in Minnesota.

Thursday's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows a new area of moderate drought centered on Carlton and northern Pine counties in eastern Minnesota. Farmers there have been struggling with stressed crops and dry pastures in recent weeks.

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The new map also shows a persistent patch of moderate drought in northwestern Minnesota has grown significantly. It's centered on Clearwater and eastern Polk counties.

Eighty-one percent of Minnesota is now abnormally dry or worse, up from 32 percent from last week. And 10 percent of Minnesota is now in drought, up from less than 2 percent last week.

The only parts of Minnesota not rated abnormally dry are along the state's northern border and a narrow band from Minneapolis south to the Iowa border.

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