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Historic barn in Becker goes on the move

The barn will be used to help educate kids about the importance of agriculture.

BECKER, Minn. — For nearly a century in Becker, a barn has stood tall at a property now owned by Northern Metals Recycling.

"It's all about Ag," said Jean Johnson.

Scott Helberg with Northern Metal says the barn would have been destroyed as they looked to develop their land.

"It would have been sad to see the barn get destroyed," said Helberg.

So Scott found someone to take the barn.

He donated it to Jean Johnson with Farm Friends Barn, a local non-profit.

"It's going to have a new home," said Johnson.

She just had to find a way to move it nearly two and a half miles to her property.

Wednesday was moving day.

The barn was first family owned, then purchased by Xcel and rented out for research. Wednesday it was on its way to a new home.

Movers transported the barn through a field, onto Highway 10, and through soybean fields.

"Kind of neat that it's a historic building. Be able to preserve a piece of history," said Dan Marcus with Marcus Building Movers.

The barn finally reached its new home.

"Very cool. All in one piece," said Johnson.

Her project finally coming to fruition. She plans to teach kids about agriculture. All it took was a historic barn and a whole lot of teamwork.

"All involved in this project and we all did it," said Johnson.

She plans to build a new structure to complement the barn. She hopes to have that completed by spring of 2021. 

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