There’s been a slight improvement in dry conditions in the last week across the Dakotas and Minnesota. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the line of extreme drought in northwest Minnesota declined in Polk, Red Lake and Pennington Counties. Last week’s rains in South Dakota and portions of North Dakota also reduced the severity of the drought. The above-normal temperatures in recent weeks stressed pasture conditions in the areas that have been in a long-term drought.
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