(Undated) — The western North Dakota drought is worsening. The U.S. Drought Monitor Map released yesterday shows about 17-percent of the state to be in extreme drought. The designation is the second-highest, below exceptional drought. The area in extreme drought encompasses and around from Williston east through Minot to Towner, and from Williston southeast to Washburn. The rest of the western two-thirds of the state is in severe drought and the eastern third is in moderate drought.