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Lee Leysen, Tracy, proudly shows off the 2008 Minnesota Barn of the Year award his rural Murray County barn won.

Barns of the year

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SLAYTON -- Two Murray County barns made it a clean sweep in the first-ever Minnesota Barn of the Year contest sponsored by the Friends of Minnesota Barns. The awards were presented Oct. 25 at the Woodhill Country Club barn in Wayzata.


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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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