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Warm, Dry Weather Helps Minnesota's Crops Catch Up

A long stretch of warm, dry weather last week helped Minnesota's crops catch up on growing.
In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says a statewide average of 6.1 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, the most of any week this growing season.

Dayton Declares State of Emergency in 26 Counties

Storm Damage in South Minneapolis - KSTP-TV/Todd Wilson

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in 26 counties after storms and flash flooding last month.
The executive order, which covers a quarter of the state, is part of the process that will allow the state to call for federal disaster assistance in the areas hit hardest by the storms between June 20 and June 26.

Red Cross Helps those Without Power after Storms

Damage at 30th and Chicago in Mpls - Photo courtesy of Eden Scarver

As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, Xcel Energy reported on their outage map more than 600 Minnesota customers were still without power following last weekend's storms.

Severe Weather Risk Overnight for Minn.

After heavy rains across southern Minnesota Tuesday morning, more storms are possible across the state.

KSTP.com Meteorologist Patrick Hammer said around 1 to 3 inches fell around the Rochester area.

As for your Tuesday, more storms are expected to develop.

Glencoe, Albertville Continue Clean Up After Sunday Storm

Semi being removed after hydroplaning on Highway 212 - Photo courtesy of Courtney Marie Frick

Another round of severe weather hit west and northwest of the metro Sunday morning.

Flash flooding was reported in areas that stretched from Glencoe to Albertville.

A semi hydroplaned and slid off Highway 212 around 5:30 a.m., just outside of Glencoe. State Troopers said the driver was going well below the speed limit. He was not hurt, just shaken.

Thousands Without Power in Minnesota after Storms

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Xcel Energy says more than 130,000 customers are without power in Minnesota following severe thunderstorms.
The company reports more than 1,800 outages affecting about 131,000 customers Friday about 9:30 a.m.

Believe It or Not, Drought Persists in Western Minn.

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Believe it or not, a third of Minnesota is still rated as abnormally dry or even still in drought.
While the drought is over in the eastern half of Minnesota thanks to all the rain, Thursday's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows much of western Minnesota has not caught up.