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Erik Thompson, president of Prairie Sun Bank, has discovered that small wind projects can come with big frustrations and costs. He stands by a 120-foot-long tower that has been lying prone since last April. It will soon be hoisted with a 20-kilowatt Jacob's wind turbine atop it, but it will be many weeks, if not months, before the turbine can be put to work. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

President of Milan and Appleton bank is finding his small wind energy initiative comes with a large cost

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MILAN -- Small wind can come with a big price tag.

Just ask Erik Thompson, president of the Prairie Sun Bank of Milan and Appleton.

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He's been working to erect a small wind turbine as an opportunity to market the bank, promote renewable energy, and gain first-hand knowledge of the economics of wind power.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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