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Judge needs further review of Orono man's homemade wind turbine

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ORONO, Minn. (KMSP) -

A judge at the Minnesota Court of Appeals has granted an emergency stay so he can take more time to review the case of a homemade wind turbine on Lake Minnetonka that has divided an Orono, Minn. neighborhood.

Jay Nygard refuses to take down the 30-foot wind turbine in his backyard, even though the city of Orono has sued him over a zoning violation. A judge has already ordered him to take it down because it was too close to property lines and the correct permits hadn't been pulled.

Neighbors have sued him too, claiming the wind turbine is a nuisance. They've complained both about the noise and the strobe effect of the sun hitting the blades -- but Nygard says they contribute noise of their own.

"The neighbors have the worst barking dogs you've ever heard," he said.

Nygard does have a financial stake at play. His company, Go Green Energy, sells the turbines. He hopes his fight with the city of Orono can set precedent to prevent prospective clients from enduring the same municipal resistance.

Since the dispute began more than 3 years ago, Orono has passed an ordinance banning any kind of wind turbine. Nygard contends that violates a state law.

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