Updated:
Original:

Minn. Court of Appeals says Orono man can keep wind turbine

The Minnesota Court of Appeals will allow an Orono man to keep his residential wind turbine that city officials say violates the zoning ordinance. The turbine is not as large as those seen in rural Minnesota and Iowa, homeowner Jay Nygard's machine is a vertical-axis turbine about 20 feet high.
Author:

The Minnesota Court of Appeals will allow an Orono man to keep his residential wind turbine that city officials say violates the zoning ordinance, the Star Tribune says.

The turbine is not as large as those seen in rural Minnesota and Iowa, homeowner Jay Nygard's machine is a vertical-axis turbine about 20 feet high.

According to the Star Tribune, the city argues wind turbines are not permitted because they are not specifically mentioned as a "lawful accessory."

The Court of Appeals says the claim is "erroneous" because Orono allows other structures like flagpoles, basketball hoops and clotheslines also not mentioned in the ordinance.

Orono has 20 days to appeal the decision to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

This summer, Nygard told KARE 11 that he can power a third of his house with wind energy and hopes his decision will influence other cities to adopt green technologies.

Next Up

plane, Piper PA-32

2 dead after plane crashes near residence in rural Wisconsin

The aircraft also struck the house during the crash.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

1 dead after van crashes and lands on Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center

Northbound Highway 100 was shut down following the crash Saturday night.

Jess Peterson

Woman killed in crash ID'd as 'bad ass biker chick' with 'giving spirit'

The 30-year-old died in a motorcycle crash on Oct. 19.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' defense fuels win over Pelicans

The Wolves' have bought in on the defensive end as part of a 2-0 start.

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman's OT goal helps Wild stay undefeated

The Wild improved to 4-0 with a win over the Ducks.

Mar'Keise Irving / Gopher Football

Gophers pound Maryland to stay in Big Ten West race

Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in a 34-16 victory over Maryland.

Father Paul Kubista at St. Mary of Czestochowa

Controversy after Delano priest shares vaccine misinformation in church bulletin

Father Paul Kubista is pastor at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church.

robberies

Mel-O-Glaze, DreamHaven Books robbed at gunpoint minutes apart

The businesses were hit by three robbers just six minutes apart on Oct. 21.

Cambridge house explosion

Explosion destroys house in Cambridge, 5 injured

The explosion occurred early Saturday morning on the 33000 block of Hillary Circle.

Related

Minn. Supreme Court to hear appeal in ex-nurse's suicide aiding case

The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a former nurse convicted of encouraging suicide in online chatrooms. Fifty-year-old William Melchert-Dinkel of Faribault was convicted of two counts of aiding suicide in the deaths of 32-year-old Mark Drybrough, of Coventry, England, who hanged himself in 2005; and 18-year-old Nadia Kajouji, of Brampton, Ontario, who jumped into a frozen river in 2008.

Court overrules Goodhue County plan to block wind farm

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned a Goodhue County ordinance that would have prevented construction of a 50-turbine wind farm. But the project remains on hold until the developer comes up with a plan to protect eagles and other birds.

Minn. Court of Appeals allows wolf hunt to proceed

The Minnesota Court of Appeals will not block Minnesota's wolf hunt scheduled for Nov. 3. The three-judge panel said The Center for Biological Diversity and Howling for Wolves failed to show that the season would cause irreparable harm. About 6,000 hunters will receive permits for the first ever organized wolf hunt in the state. Experts say wolves are much smarter than deer or ducks and it's unlikely Minnesota will reach their target harvest of 400 wolves.

Appeals court says parents can sue doctor who failed to diagnose infant's cancer

An appeals court reversed a lower court's ruling and opened the way for a Minnesota doctor to be sued for malpractice after failing to diagnose a potentially lethal cancer while it was still treatable.

Appeals court upholds rental inspection ordinance in Red Wing

The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the property rights group challenging Red Wing’s rental code did not prove it is unconstitutional. Under the ordinance, landlords must have their properties inspected by city officials, even if there's no probable cause to believe there are violations. Minnesota Public Radio has more on the appellate ruling.