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Kenneth Fuchs, of rural Marty, speaks last week about the drought while in Wagner. Though drought conditions have generally improved in South Dakota, there's a pocket in southeast South Dakota where conditions were especially bad last summer and the drought was still rated as severe as of last week. (Jordan Steffen/Republic)

Hope comes to pocket of drought in southeast

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AVON -- Cautious optimism -- that's the mood of farmers and ranchers in southern Bon Homme and Charles Mix counties after recent spring rains.

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May and early June rains were heaviest in the northern parts of the counties, with lesser amounts falling in the southerly sections.

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