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Minnesota ranks fourth in wind power production

ST. PAUL - A new report shows Minnesota produces the fourth most wind power.

Three more wind farms came on line late last year, helping boost Minnesota three spots on the American Wind Energy Association ranking.

The state's first wind farm was completed in Crookston in 1987. Since then, the state has been among the top ones producing electricity by wind.

"Minnesota must maintain momentum in clean energy such as wind technology that will pay dividends in the future," said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. "Wind energy helps create jobs and economic development for the state."

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.