- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

ORONO, Minn. (AP) - A couple from Orono can avoid jail time if they lock up their largest wind turbine and turn the keys over to a judge in Hennepin County.

Jay and Kendall Nygaard have been at legal odds with their neighbors and the city over the turbine. The Nygaards were ordered to take down the turbine late last year, but argued over the right to let the wind generate power.

A judge issued a contempt ruling when the turbine wasn’t taken down and ordered a hearing Thursday to determine if the couple should go to jail for six months. Judge Susan Robiner ordered the turbine locked and the Nygaards to post bond and fees of $11,000. They must also pay their neighbor’s legal fees.

KARE-TV (https://kare11.tv/1AY56k7 ) reports a March 5th hearing has been set to see if the Nygaards comply.

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Information from: KARE-TV, https://www.kare11.com


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