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Minneapolis trees at risk due to ongoing drought

Officials say the metro area is in its eighth year of drought and even rain expected this week -- it won’t be enough to keep trees healthy. The city is asking residents to water the trees in their yards and on their block in order to prevent them from becoming vulnerable in the winter and dying off.
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Officials say the metro area is in its eighth year of drought and even rain expected this week -- it won’t be enough to keep trees healthy. The city is asking residents to water the trees in their yards and on their block in order to prevent them from becoming vulnerable in the winter and dying off.

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