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Crow Lake wind project operational

March 8, 2011 in The Daily Republic

Bismarck, N.D. — The Crow Lake Wind Project, built by Basin Electric subsidiary PrairieWinds SD 1, Inc., is complete and operational, according to a news release from Basin Electric. Continue Reading

Windfall for some, irritation for others: Road damage, dust among gripes

January 14, 2011 in The Daily Republic

The dozens of new wind turbines lining the landscape north of White Lake are highly visible signs of economic and energy development.
But construction of the 101-turbine PrairieWinds project and seven-turbine South Dakota Wind Partners project also has left an indelible footprint on the county’s designated haul roads, created dust control problems and caused property damage in the past three months, according to some local residents.
Pete and Judy Licht live along 241st Street one of the main haul roads used for the project by Wanzek Construction, based in Fargo, N.D.
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Wind project workers boost business from Mitchell to Chamberlain

November 24, 2010 in The Daily Republic

WHITE LAKE It’s morning, but Jacki’s Cafe owner Jacki Konechne and employee Marie Johnson aren’t cooking sausages and eggs.
Instead, they’re flipping burgers for a lunch delivery to the workers constructing 108 wind turbines 15 miles northwest of town.
Next to the grill, Lynne Cain frosts 10 dozen chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing an order to celebrate a couple of workers’ birthdays. Continue Reading

Man dies in accident at site of wind project

October 12, 2010 in The Daily Republic

WHITE LAKE Just a couple days into construction, a Colorado man working at the PrairieWinds turbine project site in the White Lake area died in a work-related accident Friday.
Stephen McAdams, 40, of Durango, Colo., died at the scene, said Michael Dale, state Highway Patrol trooper. The accident occurred at 1:36 p.m. in a pasture near 245th Street and 368th Avenue seven miles northeast of Kimball, he said. Continue Reading