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Verndale receives barn quilt


by Trinity Gruenberg

A colorful barn quilt was delivered to the city of Verndale on April 25. The four foot by four foot square was hung on the city maintenance building.

The barn quilt was gifted to the city by Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota. The design is called the Right Hand of Friendship. The colors were chosen to represent the city. Students from the Staples Motley High School painted the quilt square and it was delivered by Tom and Lisa Kajer.

Barn Quilts of Central Minnesota began in 2015 with a goal to develop a barn quilt trail in Todd, Wadena, Cass and Morrison counties. There are five different trails: the Motley Area, Northwest, Staples, South and Southwest. Each quilt has a name and a story that can be viewed on their website. 

Clarence and Mary Horsager also hung an eight foot by eight foot barn quilt on a steel building on their property. Their barn quilt is called ClarMar Family Eight. The points on the star design represent their children and the triangles represent grandchildren. 

These two new barn quilts will be part of the Northwest Trail that treks from Sebeka to Verndale. Other local barn quilts that you can view throughout the area are the Ohio Star, Storm at Sea, Spinning Star and Early Riser.

A new brochure of the barn quilt trails will be available in July. If you would like to register your barn quilt, please visit their website for details. Once the remaining barn quilts are displayed, there could be over 100 barn quilts in total.

To view the trail map visit and follow them on Facebook at Barn Quilts of Central MN.

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