Extreme drought taps out water supplies for some in southwestern Minn.


Residents in southern and southwestern parts of Minnesota are beginning to feel the harsh reality of an ongoing drought hampering the midwest.

MPR reports residential wells for some have run dry as aquifers continue to shrink. Wade Anderson of Worthington says the water level in his well is dropping everyday.

The problems began last year when Anderson's 75-foot well was bone dry. Anderson spent $120 to flush the well and clear sediment clogging channels that feed water. It bought him about three months until he needed to flush it again. The Andersons are trying conserve as much water as they can to stretch out the supply.

Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water tells MPR that they've received an unusually large number of calls for help, including a couple cases where wells have run completely dry. The city of Worthington is also taking more water from the utility to offset the drought.

In Waseca, the drought has literally hit home for homeowners with sinking foundations.

KARE 11 reports houses in one neighborhood were built on top of an old marshy area filled with soil and clay. Now that the clay has dried out, foundations have lowered several inches causing thousands of dollars in repairs.

According to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor released last week, 25 percent of the state, mostly southwestern Minnesota, is in "extreme" drought.

Although snow is expected in the region by Thursday, it won't run off into rivers and lakes until next spring.

Next Up

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.


COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

sidecar drink

Sidecar — Town Hall's new cocktail lounge — is officially open in Minneapolis

It's the fifth Town Hall location, but the first to focus on cocktails.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.


State's water resources strained amidst extreme drought

Drought conditions in the state are worsening, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor report release this week. More than 30 percent of the state is in extreme drought, up about 10 percent from last week. The DNR says drought conditions are straining the state's natural water resources.