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Opposition growing to southern Minnesota wind projects

Group of farmers have organized against turbines on their land.

Posted: Mar 11, 2018 12:33 PM

BLUE EARTH, Minn. (AP) - The future of two wind projects in south-central Minnesota is uncertain as opposition from area residents grows.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that Wind Locked is a group made up of farmers who oppose having a wind turbine on their land. The group has more than 80 members in Faribault County who don't want turbines taking up productive farmland and are concerned about noise from the machines.

A Freeborn County wind farm is also facing opposition.

Some farmers support the wind farms because they can earn thousands of dollars annually for each wind turbine built on their land.

Minnesota lawmakers originally aimed to have a quarter of the state's electricity produced by renewable energy by 2025. Gov. Mark Dayton recently announced that the state has already met that goal.

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