Judge's order halts sales of turbines from Minn. wind energy developer

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Hennepin County District Judge Mary Steenson DuFresne has granted a request for a temporary restraining order by the Minnesota State Attorney General's Office to halt the sale of new wind turbines from an Excelsior wind energy developer, the Pioneer Press reports.

The ruling late Wednesday stemmed from a lawsuit filed by state Attorney General Lori Swanson in January.

The company -- Renewable Energy SD -- is accused by the state of bilking 15 farmers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars each.

The lawsuit claims the company's owner, Shawn Dooling, of Shorewood, told farmers that the windmills would produce excess energy that could sold to the power grid and that the devices would pay for themselves in 5-10 years.

However, the lawsuit claims, Dooling continued to break promises, and delivered the units late, if at all. Many of the turbines, the lawsuit claims, failed to work.

According to the Pioneer Press, the order said the company can continue to work on existing contracts with customers, so long as they don't ask the customers to pay more money.

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