South Dakota Residents Upset About Minnesota Wind Proposal

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A project that calls for dozens of skyscraper-sized turbines in southwestern Minnesota is stirring fierce opposition across the state border in South Dakota.
U.K.-based Renewable Energy Systems’ Bitter Root Wind Project calls for raising 44 of the supersized machines in Minnesota’s Yellow Medicine County, near the South Dakota border. The turbines are capable of generating 50 percent more energy than the average U.S. turbine.
But the project is seeing public opposition from residents of South Dakota’s Lake Cochrane, which sits less than a mile from the Minnesota border. Resident Ron Ruud says the turbines will interrupt views and produce noise.
Project developer Michelle Matthews says she understands Lake Cochrane residents weren’t prepared to see turbines built nearby, but the company is trying to “minimize the impacts.”

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