8-13-12 -- Sometimes staying the same isn't all bad -- given Minnesota's drought situation. The updated U-S Drought Monitor shows no change in the past week when it comes to the state's soil moisture content. There's still extreme drought in far southwestern Minnesota, around Luverne and in a small portion of Nobles County. Severe drought extends across about a third of southern Minnesota and in the northwest from the Moorhead area up to northern Beltrami County. In all, about half the state is drier than normal.