Recent rainfall is helping reduce the level of drought in Minnesota but southeast Minnesota is still very dry.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map released last week shows a small area of southeast Minnesota still experiencing extreme drought.
Eastern Goodhue and Dakota counties are listed as abnormally dry, with the western half in the moderate drought category. Nearly all of Wabasha County is also in the same category.
About a quarter of the state is in the category of severe drought, including several areas of central and southern Minnesota that were listed in extreme drought last week.
The amount of the state with no measurable drought increased slightly, moving to over four-percent this week.