Energy advocates want to bring small-scale wind to rural areas

An energy task force in the Mankato area wants to power farms and other rural properties with small-scale wind turbines. The group says it would be easier to generate local power with small windmills than large-scale turbine farms, which often run into political quagmires.
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An energy task force in the Mankato area wants to power farms and other rural properties with small-scale wind turbines. The group says it would be easier to generate local power with small windmills than large-scale turbine farms, which often run into political quagmires.

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