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Published September 27, 2012, 07:13 PM

MN Drought Monitor up 13 Percent from a Week Ago

The drought in Minnesota continues to get worse. New data from the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday shows that 77 percent of Minnesota is now in a moderate to extreme drought, that's up from 64 percent a week earlier.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

The drought in Minnesota continues to get worse. New data from the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday shows that 77 percent of Minnesota is now in a moderate to extreme drought, that's up from 64 percent a week earlier.

Low river levels have prompted water restrictions by the DNR in many places. Northwestern Minnesota is one of the driest areas in the state. Much of is labeled under extreme drought. Sandbars are popping up in many places and water levels down dramatically from past years. The DNR has suspended some permits from those who depend on the river water for different uses. One of them is the golf course in Red Lake Falls. It usually irrigates the course with river water. The DNR says these water restrictions are necessary to make sure there is water downstream for communities like Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

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