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Crews make significant progress against north-central Minnesota wildfire

KARE 11 reports the fire was considered 80 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. The blaze has burned more than 1600 acres near Nimrod. Investigators are sill looking into what caused the wildfire.
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KARE 11 reports the fire was considered 80 percent contained as of Tuesday morning. The blaze has burned more than 1600 acres near Nimrod. Investigators are sill looking into what caused the wildfire.

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