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DNR area wildlife supervisor Blane Klemek points to the entrance of an abandoned beaver lodge in a pond northeast of Detroit Lakes. The frozen shores of the pond have receded because of the drought. Klemek said it is likely the beavers migrated to a pond or lake that has more water. Photo by - Tom Robertson/Minnesota Public Radio

Drought affecting Minnesota's wildlife

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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- The heavy snow that fell on parts of central Minnesota over the weekend may be too late to help relieve widespread drought.


More than 80 percent of the state is in severe or extreme drought, and climatologists say with the ground now frozen, most winter snow will run off into rivers and lakes next spring, providing little relief for the state's parched soil.

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