MINNEOTA — The Minneota Fire Department was called out to a hay bale fire in the 3500 block of 220th Avenue, at approximately 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. Upon arrival, crews observed several hundred hay bales on fire. Calls were sent out to area fire departments for assistance. Crews attempted to contain the blaze; however, it made its way to a nearby cattle barn. Firefighters stayed on the scene until 9:30, fighting the fire for approximately seven hours.  

The cattle barn was a total loss. No injuries or animals were harmed in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Minneota Fire Department. 

Assistance was provided by the Ghent, Taunton, Marshall, and Cottonwood Fire Departments.