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Winona County embraces wind power
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WINONA, Minn. (AP) -- Winona County expects to have its wind turbines up and running by June. Winona is among the first counties to turn wind into electric power and income.

The director of the county's Economic Development Authority, Linda Grover, says local officials are trying to be creative in augmenting taxpayer dollars.

The two turbines are expected to produce about 1.5 five megawatts of energy, enough to power about 600 homes. Developers say the turbines could generate about $1 million in revenue for the county and $3 million for a private investor.

State legislators passed a bill to allow the county to create a limited liability company, which gives local officials the authority to partner with private investors to raise money.