Drought keeps getting deeperPublished 9:32am Friday, October 5, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — The drought keeps getting deeper across Minnesota.
New maps from the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday show that 96 percent of the state is in a moderate to extreme drought, up from 77 percent a week earlier.
The driest parts of the state include several counties in northwestern Minnesota and several counties from southwestern to south-central Minnesota.
Only two parts of the state aren’t in drought, but they’re both rated abnormally dry — Cook County at the northeastern tip of Minnesota, and a patch of Scott, Dakota, Rice and Goodhue counties south of the Twin Cities.