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An oil leak knocked the No. 4 wind turbine out of commission this weekend. Of the city's two wind turbines, No. 4 is located closest to the Senior High. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Wind turbine sidelined over weekend due to an oil leak


WILLMAR -- An oil leak sidelined one of Willmar Municipal Utilities two wind turbines over the weekend.

The problem surfaced late Wednesday when turbine No. 4, which is closest to Willmar Senior High School, shut down.

Utility technicians were dispatched and saw an oil leak, but were unable to enter the hub and check operations because they do not have access codes for working in the hub, said Wes Hompe, staff electrical engineer.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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