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The exterior of the barn where Jack and Linda Hardin live. The barn, located northeast of Hartley, was set to be razed before the Hardins purchased it. (Laura Grevas/Daily Globe)

Hartley, Iowa, couple rehabs dilapidated dairy

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HARTLEY, Iowa -- Jack and Linda Hardin's original plan was to downsize.

"Somewhere along the way, the plan went wrong," said Linda.

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But as the couple sits at the kitchen table in their barn home, sunlight streaming through the large window that formerly served as a hay mow door, they say they wouldn't change a thing.

"We're just delighted to be here," Linda said.

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