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Ringsted barn part of Iowa Barn Tour

By Staff | Sep 21, 2016

Important and historic barns throughout Iowa will be opened to the public during the Iowa Barn Foundation’s two-day, self-guided 2016 All-State Barn Tour Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

One of the barns is in Emmet County on the Leroy Jensen farn at 2311 580th Ave., located three miles east of Ringsted and 3/4 mile north. Jens Jensen needed a barn. So he built his large brick barn near Ringsted in 1936. He built his 41-foot-tall clay block barn close to the road, making it a local landmark, as well as a place to house his livestock. Later it was converted to a farrowing barn.

Leroy Jensen, Clarion, is fourth generation to own the barn. He says it has two unique features, a haymow door that slides down for putting in hay, and a litter carrier for removing manure. A litter carrier was on a track and carried manure to the outside, where it could be dumped.

The farm was cited as an Iowa Century Farm in 1991. The barn is now used for storage.