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Verndale firefighters attempt to limit the blaze at R & J Horse Sales Sunday. A fire destroyed a barn there and 40 horses perished.

40 horses perish in barn blaze

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VERNDALE -- In the pre-dawn blackness of a stormy December Sunday, the Verndale Fire Department received a call around 6 a.m. that a fire had broken out at the Central Minnesota Arena and Event Center on the northwest edge of Verndale, a business also known as R&J Horse Sales.

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