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FARM EQUIPMENT, P.O. Box 352 South Highway 15 Milbak. S D. 57252 P'rne, (605) 432 -4576 South Highway 15, MIIbank, SD Phone (605)432-4576 "Proud Supporters of Inside Agriculture and Our Area Farmers!" TUBBS SOFT WATER SALES - SERVICE - RENTALS (all makes) - Drinking Water Systems Iron Removal Systems Salt Delivery 320-289-1999 Appleton, Minnesota m_ ,,, , ,,, ,,m ,, a, ,n a [if ..... I il ................... i  *Featuring a Complete Line of Zip Feeds - (", ;( "" FS,:OJ *We can dry your corn MIPJ00 CLINTON AG SERVICE, INC. l 'Gary Dybdahl, Owner " Phone 320-325-5203 Hwy. 75, Clinton, MN ; ..,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,. . .,.,.,.,.-.-.-.-.,.-.,.; Buy Diesel Fuel That Works As Hard As You Do. BIG STONE COOPERATIVE CLINTON 320-325-5466 ORTONVILLE 320-839-6187 MILBANK 605-432-9884 877-TANK-LOW (826-5569) 00FarmersCo-operatzve Elevator Comuanyl Grain Gas-Diesel-Fuel Oil Feed Fertilizer, l i Custom Spreading -Custom Grain Cleaning , ,, Phone 320/839-2861 :' P.O. Box lOS  i . Om'1'ommvUno, MJNNOlO4'O,,,,e,....................,,....,, " ................... PRO ROTO Professional Body Work  Free Estimates, We specialize in repairables. We'll find a car or truck that's right for you. KRvin Backstrend OrtonvillR, MH natil 320-748-7239 K Member FDIC Graceville, MN BUTCH THOLE DISTRIBUTING Cloverleaf Dairy Products Phone 839-2573 Ortonviile --- .... - ....... ---=_ _--__ _ _-=::_ _ _  ..... :., .-- KING KOIN LAUNDERETTE Proud to salute "Inside Agriculture" REMEMBER US FOR YOUR DRY CLEANING AND LAUNDRY NEEDS 400 SE 2nd St., Ortonville Phone 839-9975 III II II COMPLETE SERVICE WITH A SMILE 103 East 4th Avenue ,r/,, z z  //  Milbank, SD 57252 a-._--,# Corrie & Karin Quale AUTO HOME" FARM" COMMERCIAL FREE ESTIMATES Auto Glass Replacement - Rock Chip Repair ~ Mirrors Tractor Cab Glass ~ Insulated Glass Replacement Custom Vinyl Windows for a Perfect Fit Get yours before winter! I IIIII II I I 00hanks Stone ake 00qrea 00armers! P.O. BOX 356 48416 - 144TH STREET BIG STONE CITY, SD 57216 PHONE 605.862.7902 FAX 605.862.7904 ii i i IBIII ii "I have fl)nd memories of growing up, playing in my father's barn...the barn that my father's brother built...but it won't be long before the old barns are gone. Of course, I'm nostalgic about the barn. My family jokes that I grew up in the barn on my parent's farm near Webster, SD, and m some ways, it's true. I spent long hours as a child playing in the barn, and these are wonderful memories," said Jean Wirkus. Jean has been on a mission, since retiring from teaching, to capture pic- tures of every barn in Lac qui Parle County. She has taken pictures of 1,042 barns. "I went out one day to take pic- tures of a neighbor's barn that was being torn down, and the project just grew from there. It dawned on me that these barns that represented so much of the hopes of immigrants to this area, were disappearing. Once I got started, it became a challenge to take a picture of all the barns in the county. I had no idea there were so many," "As barns disappear from the landscape, and as the population declines in rural Minnesota, children today won't have a clue," said Jean, "and I think it's important to have a history of what our lives were about." This project isn't just about the barns and childhood memories These structures represent a lot about rural life. Barns were often the first thing that a settler built, next to a tempo- rary home. They were often built bet- ter than the home. Some barns were built with great craftsmanship, others were built topsy turvy over time, as existing buildings were attached together to enlarge the structure. Some barns boast designs or distinct window shapes. "There's no symbol for rural America used more often then the barn," said Jean. "Even politicians who want to make a connection to rural voters have pictures taken in front of a barn." "The economics of today's agri- cultural has made many of these old barns obsolete. It's expensive to replace a roof or adapt them to some other purpose," said Jean. Building a pole barn is a lot cheaper and more practical, even if they do lack the charm of the old-style barn. A few barns stand alone to mark the spot of an abandoned homestead, the last building to crumble, too difficult or costly to tear down, waiting for moth- er nature m do her work. 'Iey , landscape, waiting lbr the wind to take the roof, a wall to give, slowly taking on the shape of skele- tons until all signs completely disap- pear. Other barns have been in families for generations, continuing to do the job they were built for; or have been adapted to new uses. Once the symbol of prosperity, or symbols of a hope for a better future, today these old barns are torn down, allowed to crumble, used for other purposes; victims of the ravages of time and neglect. They've become syrnbols of declining populations in rural areas, emigrati0 i and changes of the "These old barns out here that's quickly According to Jean,{ about recording w looked like, it's also of the area. They rep tire, creativity, hol frugality of the The collection tells our parents and just another old Jean's collection four scrapbooks, and with as much was able to glean owners. "Some folks real much about the built a long time else who lived on Jean put pictures she uses ical society groups and hopes to find showcase her colk form. Also a few of tos are on display at um. Billy Thompsc from weathered backlit the enlarged If for a moment, Jean Wirkus is the thinks barns are check out the Iowa (see their web site, and historical www.iowaba non-profit preserving lowa's they provide matchi property owners Jean has about barns, barn barn restoration, country. She and attended a seminar tion. Although Jean st pictures of the barns County, once the started taking barns. "I have a of barns that shapes, or interesting. One of barn south unusual barn; a Jean Wirku: Webster SD. Bitum" Paving, P.O. Box 6 Ortonville, Phone (320) 273-2113 Fox (320) 273-2120 terin Complete Veterinary ServiO FARM EQUIPMENT, P.O. Box 352 South Highway 15 Milbak. S D. 57252 P'rne, (605) 432 -4576 South Highway 15, MIIbank, SD Phone (605)432-4576 "Proud Supporters of Inside Agriculture and Our Area Farmers!" TUBBS SOFT WATER SALES - SERVICE - RENTALS (all makes) - Drinking Water Systems Iron Removal Systems Salt Delivery 320-289-1999 Appleton, Minnesota m_ ,,, , ,,, ,,m ,, a, ,n a [if ..... I il ................... i  *Featuring a Complete Line of Zip Feeds - (", ;( "" FS,:OJ *We can dry your corn MIPJ00 CLINTON AG SERVICE, INC. l 'Gary Dybdahl, Owner " Phone 320-325-5203 Hwy. 75, Clinton, MN ; ..,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.,. . .,.,.,.,.-.-.-.-.,.-.,.; Buy Diesel Fuel That Works As Hard As You Do. BIG STONE COOPERATIVE CLINTON 320-325-5466 ORTONVILLE 320-839-6187 MILBANK 605-432-9884 877-TANK-LOW (826-5569) 00FarmersCo-operatzve Elevator Comuanyl Grain Gas-Diesel-Fuel Oil Feed Fertilizer, l i Custom Spreading -Custom Grain Cleaning , ,, Phone 320/839-2861 :' P.O. Box lOS  i . Om'1'ommvUno, MJNNOlO4'O,,,,e,....................,,....,, " ................... PRO ROTO Professional Body Work  Free Estimates, We specialize in repairables. We'll find a car or truck that's right for you. KRvin Backstrend OrtonvillR, MH natil 320-748-7239 K Member FDIC Graceville, MN BUTCH THOLE DISTRIBUTING Cloverleaf Dairy Products Phone 839-2573 Ortonviile --- .... - ....... ---=_ _--__ _ _-=::_ _ _  ..... :., .-- KING KOIN LAUNDERETTE Proud to salute "Inside Agriculture" REMEMBER US FOR YOUR DRY CLEANING AND LAUNDRY NEEDS 400 SE 2nd St., Ortonville Phone 839-9975 III II II COMPLETE SERVICE WITH A SMILE 103 East 4th Avenue ,r/,, z z  //  Milbank, SD 57252 a-._--,# Corrie & Karin Quale AUTO HOME" FARM" COMMERCIAL FREE ESTIMATES Auto Glass Replacement - Rock Chip Repair ~ Mirrors Tractor Cab Glass ~ Insulated Glass Replacement Custom Vinyl Windows for a Perfect Fit Get yours before winter! I IIIII II I I 00hanks Stone ake 00qrea 00armers! P.O. BOX 356 48416 - 144TH STREET BIG STONE CITY, SD 57216 PHONE 605.862.7902 FAX 605.862.7904 ii i i IBIII ii "I have fl)nd memories of growing up, playing in my father's barn...the barn that my father's brother built...but it won't be long before the old barns are gone. Of course, I'm nostalgic about the barn. My family jokes that I grew up in the barn on my parent's farm near Webster, SD, and m some ways, it's true. I spent long hours as a child playing in the barn, and these are wonderful memories," said Jean Wirkus. Jean has been on a mission, since retiring from teaching, to capture pic- tures of every barn in Lac qui Parle County. She has taken pictures of 1,042 barns. "I went out one day to take pic- tures of a neighbor's barn that was being torn down, and the project just grew from there. It dawned on me that these barns that represented so much of the hopes of immigrants to this area, were disappearing. Once I got started, it became a challenge to take a picture of all the barns in the county. I had no idea there were so many," "As barns disappear from the landscape, and as the population declines in rural Minnesota, children today won't have a clue," said Jean, "and I think it's important to have a history of what our lives were about." This project isn't just about the barns and childhood memories These structures represent a lot about rural life. Barns were often the first thing that a settler built, next to a tempo- rary home. They were often built bet- ter than the home. Some barns were built with great craftsmanship, others were built topsy turvy over time, as existing buildings were attached together to enlarge the structure. Some barns boast designs or distinct window shapes. "There's no symbol for rural America used more often then the barn," said Jean. "Even politicians who want to make a connection to rural voters have pictures taken in front of a barn." "The economics of today's agri- cultural has made many of these old barns obsolete. It's expensive to replace a roof or adapt them to some other purpose," said Jean. Building a pole barn is a lot cheaper and more practical, even if they do lack the charm of the old-style barn. A few barns stand alone to mark the spot of an abandoned homestead, the last building to crumble, too difficult or costly to tear down, waiting for moth- er nature m do her work. 'Iey , landscape, waiting lbr the wind to take the roof, a wall to give, slowly taking on the shape of skele- tons until all signs completely disap- pear. Other barns have been in families for generations, continuing to do the job they were built for; or have been adapted to new uses. Once the symbol of prosperity, or symbols of a hope for a better future, today these old barns are torn down, allowed to crumble, used for other purposes; victims of the ravages of time and neglect. They've become syrnbols of declining populations in rural areas, emigrati0 i and changes of the "These old barns out here that's quickly According to Jean,{ about recording w looked like, it's also of the area. They rep tire, creativity, hol frugality of the The collection tells our parents and just another old Jean's collection four scrapbooks, and with as much was able to glean owners. "Some folks real much about the built a long time else who lived on Jean put pictures she uses ical society groups and hopes to find showcase her colk form. Also a few of tos are on display at um. Billy Thompsc from weathered backlit the enlarged If for a moment, Jean Wirkus is the thinks barns are check out the Iowa (see their web site, and historical www.iowaba non-profit preserving lowa's they provide matchi property owners Jean has about barns, barn barn restoration, country. She and attended a seminar tion. Although Jean st pictures of the barns County, once the started taking barns. "I have a of barns that shapes, or interesting. One of barn south unusual barn; a Jean Wirku: Webster SD. Bitum" Paving, P.O. Box 6 Ortonville, Phone (320) 273-2113 Fox (320) 273-2120 terin Complete Veterinary ServiO