Minn. couple say wind turbines are disruptive

Published 9:49 am Monday, November 9, 2015

SARGEANT — A couple in southeastern Minnesota said wind turbines next to their 10-acre property are disrupting their lives as well as their view.

In addition to the noise of the turbines, Kathy and Dan Blanchard believe the windmills are disrupting their television signals.

The Blanchards live just outside Sargeant Township in Mower County. There are about 10 wind turbines near their property.

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“I’m all for wind energy,” Kathy Blanchard said in a press release, “but we had to make some changes. Plus, there’s no compensation to us. Not many people are happy, especially residents underneath these windmills — much of the farmland is owned by people who don’t live here anymore.”

The Pleasant Valley Wind Farm project, led by Renewable Energy Systems America, has added a substation near the couple’s home. Kathy Blanchard said original environmental assessments indicated the couple’s property would be 1,200 feet away from the substation. But two weeks after that initial assessment was submitted, she said the substation location was changed to 950 feet away.