Undated (KROC-AM News) - The new Drought Monitor report from the National Weather Service shows nearly a third of Minnesota is now experiencing severe drought conditions.

Over 60-percent of the land area in Minnesota is now rated as being in a moderate drought, while about 3-percent is described as abnormally dry.Only about four-percent of the state, all of it in southeastern Minnesota, is not experiencing drought conditions at this time.

In Olmsted County, the northwestern third of the county is rated as abnormally dry or in a moderate drought, while the counties directly to the south and east are currently drought-free. The report shows conditions are worsening in most areas of Minnesota.

A week ago, there were no areas of severe drought, and three months ago only about 5-percent of the state had moderate drought conditions.

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