Board Hears Concerns over Proposed Palo Alto County Windfarm

by Brian Wilson
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One of the people who oversees the airport in Emmetsburg is raising concerns about a wind farm proposed in Palo Alto County. Gary Koppie is chairman of the Emmetsburg Municipal Airport Commission.

Koppie says some of the proposed turbine sites are close to the airport and that may impact when helicopter ambulances are able to land and take off at Emmetsburg’s airport if the turbines aren’t visible.

Koppie attended a Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors hearing about the wind farm’s site plan and permit application this week. Shane Roche, development manager for the Lost Island project, says it will create over 250 short term jobs during construction.

The county board of supervisors expects to make its decision on the project by the end of this month. The proposed Lost Island wind farm’s name comes from the Lost Island township in Palo Alto County.

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