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Adams Co. says yes to wind farm

HETTINGER — Adams County commissioners unanimously approved permits for the new layout of a $350 million wind farm near Hettinger.

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Pending approval from the state’s Public Service Commission, wind farm construction in Duck Creek and Holt townships will proceed as planned later this year. A new layout for the 43-turbine wind farm to maximize energy-producing potential, according to energy company Thunder Spirit.

County Commissioner Randy Christmann said the public has generally agreed with the wind farm’s path to construction.

“There were a couple small oppositions from people that live out there,” Christmann said. “One couple specifically complained, but the setback (for turbines) has to be a half-mile from any residence, so they won’t be getting the noise they thought they’d get.”

Also during the meeting, county Sheriff Travis Collins said he is interviewing three men for an open deputy sheriff’s position in his office.

Alvin Jaeger, of Fargo-based Border States Paving, successfully received a bid to complete gravel work on 18th Avenue Northwest in Hettinger, said Commissioner Kathy Vliem.

The commissioners will also meet at the Adams County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Monday to discuss zoning issues associate with a new veterinary clinic in Scott Township.

Hettinger’s West River Veterinary Clinic would like to build a new facility closer to ND Highway 8, as other businesses in the area have, said county auditor Pat Carroll. The building would also be placed closer to a residence than county ordinances allow — 400 feet away, rather than 500 feet.