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Published September 30, 2009, 09:15 PM

Just Wind Explores Building Wind Farm In Ramsey County

A Minnesota company is looking into the possibility of building a wind farm in Ramsey County. The project is only in its infant stages right now...as it isn't definite yet that a wind farm will be built.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

A Minnesota company is looking into the possibilty of building a wind farm in Ramsey County. Representatives from Just Wind had a public meeting Wednesday night to gauge public interest. This is the second public meeting Just Wind has had. The project is only in its infant stages right now...as it isn't definite yet that a wind farm will be built.

Just Wind has two things it needs to put a wind farm in Ramsey county...increasing public interest and high levels of wind.

The company held its first informational meeting in August to start gauging public interest. Representatives say 25 to 30 people wanted to know more.

"We got probably on average for a couple of weeks 3 responses pretty much a day," said Just Wind President Jeff Metzger.

There are already wind farms near Rugby and Langdon.

At tonight's meeting, Metzger answered people's questions about noise, taxes, and safety. People say a wind farm would be good for the community.

"I think it would be an asset to the community due to the taxes that it would generate," said Tony Braunagel of Devils Lake.

"Everything I hear is a plus and really adds to the economy," added John Scott of Maddock.

People say that it will also benefit Lake Region State College, since its new wind energy technician program is underway.

"[It will bring good paying jobs for quality technicians and graduates of LRSC, said Dean Johnson of Devils Lake.

Just Wind President Jeff Metzger says it could take 4 to 6 public meetings like this one to establish interest.

These projects often take about 3 years from start to finish.

It's too soon to know where the wind farm would be built.

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