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Ashley Conner over 5 years ago

it is not needed and does not positively influence our community in any way shape or form. This would have negative effects to peoples health and well being

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James Ekholm over 5 years ago

If the State of Minnesota thinks it is necessary to generate more power for the users in the metro areas and farmers want to destroy their rural environment in order to gain what will be a short term financial bump, I have no problem with that . . . even though it is unnecessary; except not in the only recreational site in the area! There are many alternate site in the project area that should be used instead. 3 miles is not enough of a silence buffer given the size of these monsters!

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Susan Norgaard over 5 years ago

It is not in the public interest if the wind turbines destroy the country side, the rolling hills and valleys of this area. When I first heard wind turbines I wasn't against them and thought it was green energy and good for the environment. After reading up on wind towers and becoming more educated about what they are really about the only thing green about them is the tax incentives our country gives these foreign companies to erect them. Once the tax incentive goes away the no longer make them. These are not good for the environment or for Yellow Medicine County.

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Clayton Holt over 5 years ago

The state needs to consider long term environmental and economic impacts of the project. The project area is unique to this part of Minnesota and Eastern South Dakota because it contains many lakes and wetlands the water sustains thousands of birds, bats and other wildlife. The area also contains an important recreational area to the State of South Dakota (Lake Cochrane). Building an industrial wind farm will have a negative impact in the area. If the State is concerned with the environmental and economic impacts this project will have there is no reason to create this wind farm now and lots of reasons to either leave the area alone or wait. As technology advances wind turbines may become less environmentally invasive or other technology such as solar panels like the ones I see along Hwy 212 in other parts of western Minnesota may become a better alternative, after all the land will still be there. Preserving wildlife and recreational areas is always in the public interest.

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Kay Sonnicksen over 5 years ago

Based upon information previously attained by our electric company, most of the electricity generated is not staying in the state of MN. The electricity is in no way reducing our electric bill as I am a MN resident and can attest to this. So to what extent is the building of another wind farm benefiting us? This is a company from another country, who makes money on building wind farms and selling them, the impact on tax payers is not of their concern.

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Jill Entenman over 5 years ago

comment...The primary reason why wind energy has been a success has nothing to do with wind energy! Instead, its success is 100% due to the fact that wind energy proponents are masterful lobbyists. If one reads The Business of America Is Lobbying, it's apparent that the wind industry has used every trick in the book, and then written some of its own.

For example: Wind lobbyists have successfully infiltrated our language with totally inaccurate and misleading terminology, such as "wind farms" and "clean energy." Neither exists.

For example: Wind marketers have successfully portrayed their product as "Free, Clean, and Green" – despite it being none of those. The reason they have coined these malapropisms is simple: those who control the words control the narrative.

For example: Wind salespeople have successfully convinced financially distressed communities that hosting a wind project will be a economic windfall – even though numerous studies from independent experts indicate that the net local economic impact could well be negative.

For example: Wind-peddlers have successfully sold technically challenged local representatives that the wind-developer is their friend and business partner – even though these sophisticated and aggressive entrepreneurs typically look at these rural people as rubes and marks, and their number-one focus is to make as much money as possible, at the rubes' expense.

For example: Wind developers have successfully persuaded much of the public that wind energy is an inevitable matter, so fighting it is a lost cause. The reality is that in many cases, local communities can effectively defend themselves by simply passing a proper wind ordinance.

For example: Wind-supporters have successfully imparted the belief that a certain wind project will power 20,000 homes – even though that project will not actually power a single home 24/7/365.

For example: Wind advocates employ a sleight-of-hand tactic to dismiss noise complaints by claiming that "wind turbines don't make any more noise than a refrigerator." The fact is that the main acoustical concern with wind turbines is the infrasound generated (which is below our level of hearing). So discussing the audible part of turbine noise purposefully distracts from the serious inaudible (but still very much experienced) noise issue.

For example: Wind propagandists say that wind energy is saving the environment – even though the evidence indicates that it is environmentally destructive on multiple fronts.

For example: Wind-promoters have successfully conveyed the idea that wind energy is a low-cost option of electricity – even though when all its costs are fully accounted for, wind energy can be three to five times as expensive as traditional electricity sources.

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