This week’s update of the U-S Drought Monitor is indicating something that hasn’t been seen in a while. Drought free conditions in western South Dakota. This week’s update, prepared by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows the last of abnormally dry conditions have been removed from northwest South Dakota. All of West River is considered drought-free. The only abnormally dry conditions left are basically along the James River. Abnormally dry conditions are setup roughly east of State Highway 45 north of State Highway 34 and west of U-S Highway 81. Inside that area are two areas seeing Moderate drought. They include connecting parts of Beadle, Hand, Jerauld, Sanborn, Miner and Kingsbury Counties and an area that includes Brown, Marshall, Day, Clark, Spink, Faulk, Edmunds and McPherson Counties. Areas of Severe drought in the northeast have been removed from this week’s update.