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If there's a low spot in a local farm field, there's likely water in it like this one along County Road 17, south of Highway 27, in eastern Douglas County. An area crops expert said the excess water was beneficial during the recent hot weather.

Despite hot, humid weather, Douglas County crops OK

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Basements were wet, rain seeped in, yards were soggy and there's still standing water in some farm fields.

Over the last 30 days, Douglas and Todd counties have received anywhere from 4 to 9 inches of rain, according to the Midwest Regional Climate Center (MRCC).

Most of the rain fell during the July 15 thunderstorm that sloshed through west central Minnesota.

Since then, a few more storms dropped additional rain on the already saturated soil.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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