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Geronimo Wind developers Justin Pickar, left, and Jay Hesse, right, discuss wind energy issues with Paynesville farmer Ken Schefers. Geronimo Wind is developing a wind farm that will include the Schefers farm. About 80 percent of the farmers in the target area have signed leases to have turbines located on their land. If the company is able to obtain the proper permits and market the power, installation of more than 40 turbines may take place next year.

Edina company developing wind farm north of Paynesville

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PAYNESVILLE -- Justin Pickar drove up a county road just north of Paynesville and gestured across the countryside. "I've been in most of the kitchens around here," he said.


Pickar, a development associate with Geronimo Wind of Edina, has been working for more than a year with farmers in the area to develop a 95-megawatt wind farm.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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