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A barn fire burns Tuesday evening just south of the Minnesota-Iowa state line. (GRETCHEN O'DONNELL/SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Fire kills 26 calves, destroys Iowa barn

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BIGELOW -- A barn was destroyed and 26 three-week-old bottle calves killed in a blaze Tuesday night, about a mile south of the Lake Bella dam.


The blaze was reported at 8:45 p.m. by a neighbor to the farm in Section 18, Horton Township (Iowa). When Bigelow Fire Chief Paul Hohensee arrived on the scene, the barn was fully engulfed.

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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