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In this Aug. 3, 2012 photo, Tony Frost, of Frost Farms, surveys a pond in the cattle pasture that serves as the water source for his cattle that has nearly dried up in Tallula, Ill. After months of drought, the central Illinois creeks and ponds that the 300 cows and calves drink from on the farm are dry or close to it. Frost has to buy and haul water, about 4,000 gallons a day, split up in four trips to different pastures. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Severe drought expands in Minnesota, Wisconsin

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — This week's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that an area of severe drought in central Minnesota has expanded eastward into Wisconsin.

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More than 7 percent of Minnesota is in a severe drought as of Thursday, up from more than 4 percent a week earlier. The area of severe drought now extends across the northern Twin Cities metro area into western Wisconsin, as well as down a ribbon of land along the Mississippi River to the southeast corner of Minnesota.

The drought has also expanded in western Wisconsin. Eighteen percent of Wisconsin is now in a severe drought, up from close to 7 percent last week.

About 79 percent of Minnesota and 59 percent of Wisconsin are rated abnormally dry or worse, which hasn't changed from last week.

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