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Outlook bleak for avoiding drought

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ST. PAUL - Snowmobiling, skiing and shoveling have been rare across Minnesota in recent months, an omen of things to come.

With snow depths in northern Minnesota at near record lows going into the weekend storm and severe or extreme drought conditions in many locations, state and federal officials are preparing for a dry spring and summer that could be unlike anything the state has experienced in more than 30 years.

Among their concerns are:

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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