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About one-third of the roof on a calf barn at the Schottler Dairy on County Road I in the town of St. Joseph collapsed in a fire late Thursday night. All but three of approximately 130 calves survived the fire.

Close to 130 calves rescued from barn fire

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All but three of 130 calves and half the barn survived a fire late Thursday night at the large Schottler Dairy on County Road I a couple of miles north of Burkhardt.


"We just feel lucky that the calves got out," Georgine Schottler said Friday morning. Georgine and her husband, John, operate the 800-cow dairy farm with help from their sons Tom and Joe, daughter Marie and son-in-law Rick.

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