The Free Press, Mankato, MN


Drought Plan

This image provided by NOAA shows the U.S. Drought Monitor graphic on the U.S. Drought Portal Thursday Nov. 14, 2013. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will lead the initiative to provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/NOAA)