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JUSTINE WETTSCHRECK/DAILY GLOBE Steers at the Pick Farm in Avoca were dying from heat exhaustion Monday and Tuesday until the Picks requested help from Avoca Fire and Rescue to water down the cattle. Working in shifts for two days, firefighters went through approximately 20,000 gallons of water to help the Picks keep the cattle cooled down.

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AVOCA -- The heat wave that still has much of the country in its grip seems to have broken in southwest Minnesota, leaving some devastation behind at area farms and feedlots.

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At the Pick Farm in rural Avoca, brothers Andy and Adam Pick suffered heavy cattle losses. Their animals started showing seri-ous distress Monday afternoon, despite the brothers' attempts to cool them down.

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