Livonia Township barn wins award

A barn owned by Gene and Sharon Mosbek of Livonia Township was a winner in the fourth annual Barn of the Year Contest sponsored by the Friends of Minnesota Barns.

The barn was a runner-up in the Best Non-Agricultural Adaptive Re-Use Category. Barn owners in Pine and Carver counties shared the top honor in this category.

The barn, built in 1916, was bought by the Mosbeks in 1990 and underwent major rehabilitation in 2011. According to Gene Mosbek, “The barn was getting pretty rough and needed work to save it.”

Major work included setting the building on a new foundation, steel siding and roof and adding new block windows.

Originally the barn housed cattle but is now used for storage.

The Mosbeks received their award on Oct. 24 along with winners and runners-up in five other categories, including oldest barn, barn owned by the most generations, best agricultural adaptive re-use, most dramatic rescue and most traditional restoration.

The Friends of Minnesota Barns is a nonprofit membership-based organization that actively supports efforts to keep traditional barns and other historic farm buildings part of the rural landscape statewide.