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Commissioners stand behind county's wind ordinance
Goodhue County commissioners are not on board with presenting new information to the Public Utilities Commission regarding a potential 52-turbine wind farm in the area. Even though Goodhue County has an ordinance in place to regulate wind projects, the PUC has the final say on whether...
June 22, 2011 - 12:00pm
June 15, 2011
Letter: Avian study needed for wind project
To the Editor: Goodhue County Rep. Tim Kelly and Steve Drazkowski have sent a letter to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission requesting that an actual avian study be done for the proposed AWA Goodhue industrial wind development since it has been discovered that nothing more...
June 15, 2011 - 8:24am
June 8, 2011
Letter: Prevent turbines to save eagles
To the Editor: Goodhue County has very good nesting grounds for bald eagles, golden eagles, raptors, and many threatened species of birds including the loggerhead shrike. Just recently, many new bald eagle nests with adults and baby eaglets have been found within the AWA Goodhue...
June 8, 2011 - 6:30pm
May 25, 2011
County attorney submits exceptions in wind case
About two weeks after administrative law Judge Kathleen Sheehy recommended Goodhue County not apply its wind power ordinance to a 78 megawatt, 52-turbine project proposed by AWA Goodhue Wind, area attorneys submitted exceptions to the judge's findings. Goodhue County Attorney Stephen...
May 25, 2011 - 9:00pm
May 7, 2011
Panel hears wind issue
A Senate committee took no stand Thursday to restrict wind power farms. Sen.
May 7, 2011 - 12:00am
April 30, 2011
Judge recommends county wind ordinance not be applied to Goodhue Wind project
Goodhue County's wind power ordinance should not be applied to a project proposed by Goodhue Wind, a judge said Friday in her recommendation to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Administrative Law Judge Kathleen Sheehy said that she found good cause not to apply many provisions...
April 30, 2011 - 12:00am
April 29, 2011
Judge issues wind recommendation
Administrative Law Judge Kathleen Sheehy has issued her recommendation on a contested wind farm permitting case. Sheehy's findings generally said Goodhue County's strict wind farm ordinance, passed in October, should not apply to Goodhue Wind's proposed project. The proposes 78...
April 29, 2011 - 12:55pm
March 13, 2011
Goodhue Wind hearings start Tuesday
A contested local wind project will move one step closer to a decision next week. Sessions begin Tuesday in the administrative hearing on the site permit for Goodhue Wind's proposed 78 megawatt, 52-turbine project in Goodhue County. The hearing, which will span March 15-17, will...
March 13, 2011 - 11:58am
March 9, 2011
Letter: PUC needs to listen to Lipmann
To the Editor: Administrative Law Judge Eric Lipmann just completed his summary of the Public Utilities Commission 2010 annual review. He heard a lot from citizens who participated in the proceedings on the AWA Goodhue project. Here is what Lipmann had to say: In the public hearings...
March 9, 2011 - 8:32am
February 24, 2011
Judge allows commissioners to forgo wind depositions
A judge has allowed two Goodhue County officials to forgo depositions in a case regarding the county's wind turbine ordinance. AWA Goodhue's lawyers called Commissioners Dan Rechtzigel and Richard Samuelson to give depositions in the case. The subpoenas were issued Feb.
February 24, 2011 - 5:00pm
February 6, 2011
Judge orders wind opponents to disclose addresses
A judge has ordered wind opponents to submit their addresses to Goodhue Wind despite arguments that the request was a form of "intimidation." Administrative Law Judge Kathleen Sheehy issued an order Friday requiring all members of Goodhue Wind Truth and the Coalition for Sensible...
February 6, 2011 - 3:00pm
February 2, 2011
Letter: Intimidation tactic is despicable
To the Editor: Citizens have relentlessly exercised their right and obligation to public participation in the discussion of Industrial Wind in Goodhue County for over two years. AWA Goodhue LLC brought the full force of state regulation. AWA's out-of-state billionaires bought...
February 2, 2011 - 4:05pm
January 29, 2011
Company request riles wind opponents
A recent request by Goodhue Wind in an already contentious wind project case has escalated the tensions among its players. Two local groups that have spoken out strongly against the project, Goodhue Wind Truth and Coalition for Sensible Siting, have filed protective orders against...
January 29, 2011 - 8:51am
December 31, 2010
Wind saga begins in 2007
What started with one interested company in 2007 has morphed into a fierce competition - one that has divided some communities in half -- for...
December 31, 2010 - 9:26am
Wind debate to blow over in 2011
The debate over wind energy that swept over Goodhue County in 2010 may well blow over into the next year. Proposals to build large wind farms in the county's rural areas have prompted heated arguments among rural residents. Some fear the large turbines will be unsightly and possibly...
December 31, 2010 - 12:22am