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Group hopes to revive wind turbine

The Century School wind turbine was damaged by lightning in 2011. The Hubbard County Master Gardeners are fundraising to revive the turbine. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

The Century School wind turbine may be rotating once again, powered, in part, by Hubbard County Master Gardeners’ sale of trees.

The wind turbine was damaged by lightning when the tornado moved through Park Rapids in the summer of 2011. Damage is estimated at $7,100, with a $5,000 insurance deductible to be met.

The Master Gardeners hope to “revive” the wind turbine project by hosting a sale of conifers growing on the Century School prairie by Western Avenue.

The Department of Natural Resources will be conducting a controlled burn of prairie grass in late May, where the trees ­­– Norway and some Scotch pine ­­– are growing.

A crew of Master Gardeners will be digging up the trees beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 16.

The trees – 18 to 24 inches ­- will be available for a monetary donation from 8:30 a.m. until noon, or until gone, Saturday, May 18 at the fairgrounds. (Watch for the signs.)

Meanwhile Park Rapids School District business manager Carol Hutchinson is also applying for grants to be used toward the deductible.

For more information, or to request a significant number of trees, contact Sally Shearer, program coordinator for Hubbard County Extension, at 732-3391.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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