This week’s heavy rains have extinguished the last remaining patch of drought in Minnesota. Thursday’s update from the US Drought Monitor shows the state completely free of drought and abnormally dry conditions. Minnesota Climatologist Pete Boulay says that the last time our state was completely free of any drought designation was for two weeks in July of 2011. And the last time Minnesota was drought-free before that was in June of 2006. The Drought Monitor map had been showing a slowly shrinking area of drought and abnormally dry conditions in the state’s southwestern corner for the last several weeks. That included the Luverne area, which was drenched over the weekend and again Monday. Luverne has now received nearly 13 inches of rain since June 1. Communities in the New Ulm area have received around 10 inches of rain this month, and New Ulm has received nearly 8 inches in just the past 7 days. In June of 2013 New Ulm had 6.55 inches of rain.