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17,000 turkeys perish in Minnesota barn fire

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A blaze at a central Minnesota barn killed about 17,000 newly hatched turkeys, an estimated loss of about $500,000, the Associated Press reports.

The Stearns County sheriff's office reported that someone passing nearby reported the fire Wednesday near Melrose in Grove Township. The cause was not immediately known.

Fox 9 has an interview with turkey farmer Peter Terres Jr., who said the birds weren't even a day old. He told the station the 50-year-old family business has rebuilt itself twice before after fires.

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