- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring are hosting public drought meetings next week in Stanley and Beach.

The Stanley meeting is 5-8 p.m. Central time Monday at the Mountrail County South Complex. The Beach meeting is 5-8 p.m. Mountain time Thursday at the town’s Community Center.

The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor map, released Thursday, shows 82 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought. Forty-four percent of the state is listed in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories.

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