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According to the National Weather Service, southwestern Minnesota has been hit by drought and “abnormally dry” weather conditions this winter and spring. This week’s rain has been a huge benefit for planting season, with localized rainfall in excess of three inches seen in parts of the state. As of Wednesday morning, the Redwood Falls airport reported 2.25 inches of rain.

Sleepy Eye reported 2.72 inches

New Ulm reported 2.14 inches

Willmar reported 2 inches

Clements reported 1.9 inches

South of Bird Island reported 1.8 inches