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LANDOWNERS in and around Big Stone County attended a meeting presented by National Wind, LLC and Little Rock Wind, LLC Thursday About 50 Big Stone County landowners attended a meeting last Thursday in Clinton to learn more about community based wind development. The meeting was jointly presented by National Wind, LLC and Little Rock Wind, LLC. National Wind is one of the leading community based wind energy development companies. It is known for its ability to develop utility scale (50 megawatts or larger) community wind energy projects across the upper midwest and plan states. National Wind is the manager and developer of Little Rock Wind. National Wind has 13 different projects in development or operation with up to 4,000 megawatts, totalling more than $9 billion. They have an additional 1,500 MW in advance feasibility stages. Little Rock Wind is made up of several Big Stone County and community landowners who formed a board of advisors that will work with National Wind to develop up to 150 megawatts of wind energy generation within the county. Little Rock investors include Brent Olson, Carol and Roman Taffe, John and Holly Wellendorf, Kevin Taffe, Mick Asmus, Paul and Ruth Strong, Todd Hottovy and Steve and Lori Strei, along with National Wind, LLC. Formed in 2008, Little Rock Wind is initiating the development of a multi-phased wind energy project with the goal of building and operating modern wind turbine facilities in the area. Currently they are in the process of securing the participation of landowners, a key early step in their overall develomont process. Little Rock incorporates landowner representation via a local advisory board as part of their business structure to create a local forum for community incite, communication and local participation. Landowners have the opportunity for their voices to be heard and to influence the development process. National Wind plans to bring large Contact Elvina, HEFTY SEED COMPANY at 605-529-5412. As the famous Publishers Clearing return address and a Canadian postal House Prize Patrol gives away roses, stamp; letter states recipient must balloons and a giant check for a $10 keep winning confidential; a check is million and other cash prizes, the included to cover taxes, fees or other Minnesota Department of Public costs required to redeem prize; and, Safety (DPS) Alcohol and Gambling the check is drawn on an account that Enforcement Division (AGED)warns does not match the name of the Minnesotans to be alert to sweepstake sweepstakes. Recipients are directed scams being actively promoted by to quickly call an agent to redeem phone, mail and internet, winnings prior to depositing the Recently in Minnesota and other check and are instructed to send states, residents have received notices money via wire transfer after deposit- of sweepstakes winnings onr fake ing the check. Publishers Clearing House letterhead "Simply put, people don't pay a with a bogus check for several thou- fee to be in sweepstakes," notes John sand dollars. Unfortunately, many WiUems, AGED director~ ,'!fyou pay people don't recognize the scam and to be in, or pay a fee to get our 'win- end up losing large sums of money, nings' out, the sweepstakes is a Fraudulent lottery and sweepstakes scam." scams account for at least $30 million Willems suggests using the follow- in losses each year in Minnesota. ing questions to evaluate the legitima- Many of the scams target the elderly, cy of sweepstakes or other promo- Samples of fake Publishers tions. Clearing House and other sweepstake Can you easily locate and under- mailings sent to AGED reveal corn- stand the roles or instructions to enter men elements: envelopes contain no the sweepstakes or promotion? If you Peterson elected Secretary of National Farmers Union in Clinton at the Clinton Memorial Building. on community based wind generation. equity investors into the Little Rock Wind project to cover the total development costs estimated to be $2.5 million per megawatt. They expect these investors will see a return on their investment for the first 10 years, then the majority of ownership will revert to the development entity. All landowners within the project footprint will have an opportunity to invest cash in the LLC. The size of investment will be limited, likely between $10,000 and $50,0000 per investor. If after landowners in the footprint have made their investments, the LLC needs to raise additional funds, they may open the offering to a wider pool such as all state residents. Turbine towers can typically be spaced closer on an east-west dimension, than on a north-south dimension. The spacing is usually a function of the size of the turbines rotor diameter (blade span) and the dominate prevailing winds. This might commonly be three to five rotor diameters. Information was provided Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President was elected by his peers to be Secretary of the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors at the NFU Convention recently held in Washington, D.C. "It is an honor to be elected by my peers from all over the country to be Secretary of National Farmers Union," said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. "I look forward to working with our new National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson in promoting the Farmers Union agenda and pushing for policies that better the lives of the family farmer and rural America." DONATING 10 1/2 INCHES Farmers Union represents peopleOF HAIR to Locks of Love is Little Rock hopes to start in 32 states throughout 25 state Marissa Hynnek, daughter of construction of the wind farm organizations and two regional Mindy Lovgren and John sometime in the next three to five organizations. Hynnek. Mar|ssa had her cut by years. Minnesota Farmers Union tori Seidell at tori's Shear Power is typically sold to utilities (www.mfu.org) is'Y' a nonprofitPerfection in Big Stone City, SD. through long term power purchase membership-based organization agreements whereby the owner agrees to sell power over a given number of years at a fixed price. Increasingly, utilities are interested in purchasing the wind farms themselves immediately prior to construction or soon after the project is built. Little Rock is currently submitting proposals to several utilities who are interested in purchasing wind power from this region. Delivering power to the demand centers is a challenge for every developer. Little Rock Wind is proposing to address this issue through several strategies. They have an application in process with Midwest Independent Systems Operator at present. working to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life,[r Check out our web site at of family farmers and ranchers, as ~,ffww.ortonvilleindepenitent.eomJ well as rural Communities. ~ Agronomist needed for seed and chemical sales in our Hancock, Olivia, and Winthrop locations. Sales experience required. AG degree and farm background preferred. cannot, the contest is likely a fraud. Is an entry fee required for enter- ing the promotion or contest? Entry fees are not required in fair and lawful contests. Are you asked to provide any financial information (credit card or bank account numbers) or your social security number? This information is not required or asked for by genuine sweepstake organizers in declaring contest winners. Minnesotans are asked to be vigi- lant about sweepstake scams and other criminal fraud, and to report suspected fraud to the AGED by call- ing toll-free q -866-347-0911; submit information at w w~; or forward suspect emails to report@ mnscams.org. Fraudulent mailings should be forwarded to: Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division, 444 Cedar St Ste. 133, St. Paul, MN 55101. Submitted by: reader Bob the state were Kittson, Lac qui Parle are 65 and older and the percentage Saeger of Rochester and Murray. who are 5 and younger: t New figures from the CensusRural counties throughout the Mower 38,040,40.1.18%.7%. Bureau show some counties along nation have been struggling for years Fillmore -- 2t.037.41.1,18%,7%. Minnesota's western borderare with declining, aging populations as Hpuston -- 19,515, 41.6. 16%. among the oldest in the nation,young people grow up and move 6%. Traverse, Big Stone and Lincoln away seeking better jobs. Wabasha 21.783. 40.8, 16%. counties are among about two dozen On the flip side, counties with the 6%. counties in the nation that had at least highest percentage of their popula- Goodhue -- 45.839. 40.2.15%. one-quarter of their populations 65 or tion at 5 years old or younger tend to 6% older on July 1,2007. be on the far western edge of the Twin Winona 49,802, 33.5. 14%, 5%. Traverse was at 28 percent while Cities. Wright and Scott counties were Steele -- 36.378.37, 13%. 7%. Big Stone and Lincoln were at 25 the highest at 9 percent. Dodge -- 19.552.35.6, 12%. 7%. percent. Aitkin County in central In southeastern Minnesota coun- Olmsted -- 139,747, 36.4. 12%, Minnesota also had a quarter of its ties, these numbers show the estimat- 8%. population at 65 and over. ed population, the median age of resi- Also among the oldest counties in dents, the percentage of residents who ::::::::::::::::::::~::~:::;i:~:::- :- , ::::::::::::::::::::: : ? ~?.:. I I I I I Dr, Alex Lebrija (MorriS) I Rogotzke (Watertown) I Dr. Tom Stys (Sioux Fa//s) I I jer (ACMC-Wi//mar) I I I subject to change. I www.oahs.us I I I I I I I ! I ANOTHER HUGE SUCCESS was this year's 16th Annual Sports and Leisure Show held over the week- end at the Ortonville School. Folks had a chance to check out all the booth exhibits, entertainment and vendors as well as taking in various seminars. Page 10 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, March 24, 2009