Tricounty News

'Barn of the Year'

Friends of Minnesota Barns (FoMB) is seeking local barn owners to enter their barn into FoMB's 2008 Barn of the Year Award program. FoMB is a non-profit organization that actively supports efforts to keep traditional barns and other historic farm buildings part of Minnesota's rural landscape. Between 1987 and 2000, 25 percent of Minnesota's historical barns were lost and the rate of barn loss has continued to accelerate. To help educate Minnesota of this problem, FoMB has started their Barn of the Year Award program. The award program will recognize barn owners who have made efforts to preserve their barn and help to provide examples and ideas for other owners with problem barns. Barn owners can find contest entry forms on www.friendsofminnesotabarns.org. The completed entry information must be returned by Sept. 5, 2008. Entries will be divided into two categories: family-owned barns and barns owned by organizations such as historical societies, government agencies, corporations, and other non-profit groups. The entries will be judged on historical significance, preservation efforts, preservation creativity, and perceived future of the barn. At the annual October FoMB awards ceremony, the winner of each category will receive a plaque of preservation recognition, $250 cash, an annual membership to FoMB, recognition in our newsletter and on our Web site and other donated prizes. Also, Honorable Mentions Award winners for each category will receive annual memberships to FoMB. Complete details can be found at www.friendsof  minnesotabarns.org or by calling (612) 338-2276.