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Drought conditions continue

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Melting winter snowfall won't do much to alleviate the extremely dry soil conditions across Minnesota, even if some areas experience spring flooding, said Greg Spoden, the state climatologist.

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Roughly 70 percent of Minnesota is in extreme drought or severe drought. "All of the snow that has fallen over the winter by and large remains on top of the landscape, a landscape that is largely frozen," he said. "Now the dust remains beneath the concrete."

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