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Now comes the blade

A crew Thursday begins assembling the three 130-foot turbine blades at the site of the Willmar Municipal Utilities' two new wind turbines near Willmar Senior High School. Each tower is 265 feet high and sits on a concrete foundation measuring 55 feet across in the shape of a stop sign and 11 feet deep. The base of each tower is tied to the foundation with 200 11-foot bolts, each measuring an inch-and-a-half or more in diameter. The twin towers will generate 2 megawatts of power and provide up to 3 percen...
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