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Drought deepens in Minnesota, watering bans more likely



Mississippi River water levels are low, causing boaters to hit objects and damage their propellors and engines.

Boaters are hitting rocks in the Mississippi River. Livestock farmers are seeking emergency waivers to graze cattle on conservation land. Homeowners cringing at toasted lawns are bracing for watering restrictions - if they aren't already in place.

Meanwhile, more of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has closed down as wildfires burning in Quetico Provincial Park across the border in Canada threaten to spread.

With about half of Minnesota now in the grip of severe drought - and 4% in extreme drought - the state has officially shifted into the "drought warning phase," the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Friday. The deepening drought is turning the summer into a sobering lesson in resource conservation.


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