UNDATED -- Minnesota's drought conditions improved slightly over the last week.

Much of northern Minnesota remains in extreme drought conditions while southern Minnesota has received much-needed rain over the past week and is either in abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.

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Benton, Sherburne and the eastern half of Stearns County remain in severe drought despite some recent rainfall.

Nearly 59% of Minnesota is in at least severe drought, down from 65% last week and a small swath of northwestern Minnesota is considered experiencing exceptional drought.

 

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Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Minnesota using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

 

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