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September 29, 2014
DeWind Company begins service work on Willmar wind turbines
WILLMAR — Technicians from wind turbine supplier DeWind Company will be cleaning and servicing Willmar Municipal Utilities’ two wind turbines over the next two weeks. The servicing period began Monday and will run through approximately Oct. 10, said Jon Folkedahl, supervisor...
September 29, 2014 - 11:21pm
October 15, 2013
No progress yet as utility attempts to get warranty work done on its turbines
WILLMAR — There’s been no progress toward getting DeWind Co. to perform warranty work on a high-voltage switch problem that has sidelined the Willmar Municipal Utilities’ two wind turbines for the past several months, the Utilities Commission was told Tuesday. However, DeWind...
October 15, 2013 - 11:54pm
North wind turbine is back on line in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Municipal Utilities north wind turbine resumed operation Tuesday morning after repairs were made to a failed heating unit in the hub controller. The north turbine and the nearby south turbine are located just north of Willmar Senior High School on County Road...
January 15, 2013 - 11:25pm
October 31, 2012
Crews verify, check turbine repairs
WILLMAR -- DeWind technicians were in Willmar Tuesday to verify and check repairs made last week to the south wind turbine tower owned by Willmar Municipal Utilities. Utilities General Manager Wesley Hompe said both the south tower and north tower should be back on line by the end...
October 31, 2012 - 12:00am
October 17, 2012
Repairs underway to fix oil issue at Willmar, Minn., wind turbine
WILLMAR -- Work is underway to find an oil leak and correct small maintenance deficiencies at the Willmar Municipals Utilities' north wind turbine after the turbine stopped turning Sunday due to a low oil indicator on the WinDrive, said Jon Folkedahl, power production supervisor. Technicians...
October 17, 2012 - 12:00am
October 15, 2012
Repairs set today for Willmar wind turbine
WILLMAR -- Repairs are slated to be made today to Willmar Municipal Utilities' north wind turbine after the turbine stopped turning Sunday due to a low oil indicator on the WinDrive, said Jon Folkedahl, supervisor of power production. Folkedahl said that technicians from turbine...
October 15, 2012 - 1:35pm
February 9, 2012
Willmar Utilities wind turbine out of service
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities wind turbine No. 3 (north tower) is out of service due to a blade position sensor failure on blade No. 3, Jon Folkedahl, director of electrical production, said today. He said parts are scheduled to arrive Friday. Repairs should be completed...
February 9, 2012 - 9:31am
August 18, 2011
DeWind crews replacing wind turbine hydraulic tube
WILLMAR -- As part of ongoing maintenance, DeWind Company crews are replacing a hydraulic tube through the main shaft of Willmar Municipal Utilities' wind turbine No. 4, Wesley Hompe, utility staff electrical engineer, said today. The utility's two turbines, No. 3 and No. 4, are...
August 18, 2011 - 11:45am
March 14, 2011
Failed electronics stop Willmar wind turbine
WILLMAR -- One of the two wind turbines operated by Willmar Municipal Utilities went out of service last Friday due to the failure of the voltage conditioning electronics. The utility was notified of the failure at about 8:30 a.m. by a technician with turbine supplier DeWind Company...
March 14, 2011 - 11:44am
November 4, 2010
Wind turbine company idles Minn. factory
PIPESTONE, Minn. (AP) -- The demand for wind energy in the U.S. has declined sharply, causing a southwestern Minnesota turbine manufacturer to lay off more than 100 employees. The Suzlon Group once employed 500 people at its Pipestone factory. Because the once-booming wind energy...
November 4, 2010 - 9:19am
August 14, 2010
Progress of Lake Country Wind projects to be discussed Monday
ATWATER -- The permitting process to install 20 wind turbines in Meeker and Kandiyohi counties is under way, with a community meeting set for 6:30 p.m.
August 14, 2010 - 12:00am
July 8, 2010
Willmar wind turbine out of service, awaiting repairs
WILLMAR -- One of Willmar Municipal Utilities' two wind turbines is out of service until repairs can be made, a utility spokesman said Wednesday....
July 8, 2010 - 12:00am
January 14, 2010
Commentary: Some facts about wind power
Willmarites have been able to monitor and observe the operation of our two new wind turbines for several months now. Recent letters and stories in this newspaper, and numerous questions and comments received, prompt me to present some information concerning the Willmar turbines in...
January 14, 2010 - 12:00am
December 15, 2009
Glitch stops turbines from turning
WILLMAR -- Willmar's two wind turbines have not been turning for a week and a half because the manufacturer did not install heating equipment...
December 15, 2009 - 12:00am
October 8, 2009
Olivia is latest city to embrace wind energy
OLIVIA -- Olivia's famous corn monument is about to be overshadowed, and by the doing of its own city fathers no less. All of the components for a wind turbine to be erected for the Olivia Municipal Utilities are now on site.
October 8, 2009 - 12:00am