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40 horses die in Wadena County fire

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VERNDALE, Minn. - Authorities are investigating an early Sunday fire in Wadena County that killed 40 horses.

The fire at R & J Horse Sales, a half-mile west of Verndale, was reported just after 6 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release.

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Responding firefighters from Verndale and the Wadena County Sheriff's Department discovered the blaze in the southwest side of the building. Surrounding communities also responded to fire, the release said.

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