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Damon Naylor, Michael Matthews and Jimmy Wren, from left to right, help move equipment as they work to tear down and recycle a century-old barn in Elko. Jennifer Simonson / MPR News 90.3 FM

Recycling old Minnesota barns gives ex-offenders new skills

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By Sasha Aslanian

MPR News, 90.3FM

ELKO, Minn. – When Scott Tempel and his wife Kara bought their 13-acre farm about 30 miles south of Minneapolis a year and a half ago, it came with a storybook dairy barn that had faded red boards, a steep metal roof and an old brick silo.

There was only one problem: It was falling apart.

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