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Minneapolis experienced the most rainfall it had seen in two months, but is still on track for a dry fall reports the Pioneer Press.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul airport recorded 0.21 inches of rain by 5 p.m. on Friday. This brings the total rainfall Minneapolis has seen to 0.59 inches this fall, reports the Pioneer Press.

Almost all parts of Minnesota are experiencing a drought, with 30 percent of the state is experiencing an extreme drought. A welcomed rainfall is expected next Thursday through Sunday.

The drought has continued from the summer months, reported AccuWeather.

Rivers during the summer months dropped 30-50 feet below seasonal norms. Barges had difficulty traveling up the Mississippi, and it seems the problem could continue into the autumn months, reports AccuWeather.

Giant Pumpkins Brings Neighborhood Together

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Golden Valley Drive neighbors felt a little more adventurous than just joining together to grow plants and vegetables reports the Golden Valley Patch.

Every year, 25-30 families come together to grow their vegetable of choice: giant pumpkins. This years record was an 881.5 pound gourd, reports the Star Tribune.

Although 20 families usually try to participate, usually only about 8 pumpkins make it to weigh-in day.

In the last 16 years, the small neighborhood get together has turned into a full out festival.

This year, more than 700 people were in attendance to enjoy the parade, DJ, pony rides, hayrides, and custom made t-shirts, reported the Star Tribune.

Although there are bragging rights to see who can grow the heaviest pumpkins, George Abide, one of the founding fathers, told Golden Valley Patch it's about the feeling of community.

"It gives us an excuse to walk in our neighbor's yards, talk and check out the pumpkins," Abide said. "It's about being neighbors, not about the pumpkins."

Two men were killed after their car rolled into a ditch on Highway 169, and eventually rolled into Mille Lacs Lake Sunday at midnight, reports The Sacramento Bee.

37-year-old Andrew Nickaboine of Minneapolis was driving when the incident occured. He and passenger 42-year-old Ronald Dorr of Colombia were pronounced dead after being transported to Onamia Hospital from the scene of the accident, reported The Sacramento Bee.

A third passenger in the back seat, 32-year-old Keegan Morrison of Minneapolis, was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, alcohol was detected in all three of the men. Dorr and Morrison were wearing seatbelts, Nickaboine was not, reports the Star Tribune.

The bridge connecting north and northeast Minneapolis is being re-opened after being closed off to traffic for more than 2 years, reports the Star Tribune.

The Plymouth Avenue Bridge was closed in October 2010 after routine inspections found worn concrete and deteriorated cables. At the time, vehicles were making more than 140,000 trips across the bridge daily. The repairs are said to be finished by Oct. 15, and the bridge will once again re-open to bikers, pedestrians, and vehicles, reports Finance and Commerce.

Construction is said to continue on the bridge, however, with only two lanes re-opening.

Although not fully open, business owners are thankful the re-opening date is near. Many business owners were frustrated with the construction's drain on their businesses, including owner Tim Tuttle of Elsie's, reports Finance and Commerce. "It would have been nice for them [the city] to do something for us - they didn't," Tuttle said.

Construction on the bridge will halt in November, and resume until repairs are finished, reports the Star Tribune.

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