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Brown Christmas worsens drought conditions in Minnesota

Most of southern Minnesota and part of the arrowhead are experiencing severe drought, and all of the state is unusually dry. A lack of snowfall is only making things worse.
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Most of southern Minnesota and part of the arrowhead are experiencing severe drought, and all of the state is unusually dry. A lack of snowfall is only making things worse.

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