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Two horses who are believed to have escaped a fenced area wound up falling through ice on a swamp in east-central Minnesota. 

With an air temperature of 15 degrees, the horses were located in rural Bradford Township just after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. They had broken through the ice and were stuck in approximately 5 feet of water. 

The Isanti Fire District (IFD) sent a rescue team to the scene and were able to get both horses out of the water within about an hour, despite working with "limited resources in a frozen swampy area," the IFD said. 

One horse died while the other survived. 

"It is not clear how long they were in the water," IFD reported. 

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