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During flood awareness week, Minnesota more concerned about drought

The whole state of Minnesota is in the midst of a moderate, if not severe, drought. Even rain that fell this week didn't help soil moisture much. The ground is still frozen, so most of the water just ran off.
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The whole state of Minnesota is in the midst of a moderate, if not severe, drought. Even rain that fell this week didn't help soil moisture much. The ground is still frozen, so most of the water just ran off.

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