The Steele County Historical Society is now accepting nominations for its 2016 Preservation Awards. Each year, two Steele County buildings or properties are recognized for their outstanding preservation and/or restoration efforts.

Properties should accurately reflect the architecture of the time it was built. Nominations may include homes, businesses, farmsteads or other rural properties.

Previous honorees include: St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the West Hill Complex and Lerberg's store, among others.

To nominate a property, submit a letter explaining why you have chosen the property along with background information and a photograph to the Steele County Historical Society 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN 55060.

Nominations are due by April 1. Honorees will be announced in May during National Preservation Month.

The Steele County Historical Society is excepting nominations for its 2016 Preservation Awards. Townsquaremedia