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Curt Richter (right) and his son Noah Richter pick up a timber using a log carrier last week in Scandia, Minnesota. (Sherri LaRose-Chiglo / St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Minnesota man does brisk business disassembling, exporting aging barns, log houses

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SCANDIA, Minn. — Curt Richter has found a future for Minnesota’s past.

He exports old barns and log houses to other states, where they are rebuilt. His business, Rustic Innovations, is one of several that restore historic Minnesota farm buildings — and deliver them anywhere.

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“This is basically recycling,” said Richter, surveying rows of 100-year-old timbers that he salvaged.

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