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Awaiting answers on wind project

December 22, 2013
The Journal

To the editor:

To everyone in and around Sibley County here is an update on the proposed industrial wind turbines near the Winthrop golf course.

First, our chairman is awaiting from the MMPA, who recently signed an agreement to buy the power, the following information:

1. What the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) rate is with Sibley Wind (Wind gets higher reimbursement which means you get higher utility bills. Guaranteed.)

2. Whether or not MMPA considers this a CBED project (Community Based Energy Development requires Minnesota ownership which does not exist now.)

3. A copy of the executed PPA

Second, we continue to be disturbed that this out-of-state corporation:

Demands building these turbines in fields that regularly flood and hold standing water;

Refuses to do a timely environmental analysis;

Will not educate the public that property values often go down where wind turbines go up.

Finally, get involved in your Township, City, or County board meetings. Many government officials at every level reassure us that they have our best interests at heart and that their endless laws and regulations in your life are what you need (think Obamacare). Yes, some things outlined in the Constitution may be necessary. Remember though everything government does gives you and me tax increases, climbing utility bills, higher grocery costs, less freedom, and more government bureaucracy. America is drowning in $17 TRILLION in debt, almost $1 TRILLION in annual deficits, never-ending-wars-for-never-ending-peace, a privately-owned secret Federal Reserve creating another stock market bubble . . . we did not get here because we have too FEW laws and regulations.

Friends, with your help it can be "Morning in America" once again for Minnesota and our great country of color and culture. Meanwhile, the Sibley County GOP will continue advocating for all Sibley county citizens.

Merry Christmas and blessings on your 2014!

The Sibley County Republican Executive Board

Mark Santelman

Chair, Winthrop

Emily Gruenhagen,

Deputy Chair, rural Glencoe

Brandon Ronning,

Deputy Chair, Arlington

Nathan Kranz,

Treasurer, rural Gaylord

Barb Bumgardner,

Secretary, rural Winthrop

Larry Bumgardner,

Vice Chair, rural Winthrop

Rae Anderson,

Vice-Chair, rural Arlington

Don Mader,

Vice-Chair, rural New Auburn

Jessica Wiborg,

Vice-Chair, Winthrop

Morris Lieske,

Vice-Chair, rural Henderson

 
 

 

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