- Associated Press - Thursday, July 27, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Drought conditions in South Dakota haven’t changed much over the past week.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 80 percent of the state in some stage of drought, down from 82 percent last week.

However, 15 percent of the state is now listed in extreme drought, up from 11 percent last week. Those pockets are in the central and northwest regions.

Nearly all of the state remains in some stage of drought or abnormally dry.

Farmers and ranchers in several counties are eligible for aid due to disaster declarations in the Dakotas by the federal government.

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