A wind-blown rivalry between St. Olaf and Carleton

  • Article by: SARAH LEMAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2009 - 1:14 PM

In Northfield, a friendly rivalry between St. Olaf and Carleton has extended to the colleges' matching wind turbines. Now, Carleton wants to step ahead with a second turbine.

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haasertimeFeb. 22, 0910:51 PM

It took just one comment to blame a political idea for this 'blight' Get real.

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wommo1Feb. 23, 09 3:03 AM

trikeracer -- imagine northfield without the colleges.... oh wait, there wouldn't be much of a northfield. it would a gas station and a kwik trip connecting hwy 61 and hwy 35.

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mwchase_kenyFeb. 23, 09 5:40 AM

It seems strange that neither college seems willing to show the data around cost vs benefit. Many people would be interested in reviewing the related costs and how much power is actually generated. For every wind turbine, there must be back-up energy facilities as the wind is a fickle energy source.

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dolphusFeb. 23, 09 6:40 AM

I am so glad to jear that colleges have adopted wind turbines as a way to reduce greenhouse gasses and generate electricity. Nice to hear the mindset that they are accepted by the students as a campus fixture. Both colleges have websites which show the data for how their turbines are performing, if anyone is interested in actually checking. For all the NIMBY bloggers with the "oh how ugly" mindset--may you have the next nuclear waste repository or coal ash sludge lagoon located VERY close to your home. Think people.

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annoyed55Feb. 23, 09 7:43 AM

I have no spreadsheets, only ancedotal data. I spent four years up on the hill at St. Olaf. It's the hightest point for miles and there's always a breeze up there. When a thunderhead comes by, there are places on campus where you can open your coat, lean into the wind and have it hold you up. The backup plant is already there ... has been running the campus for years.

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jundorFeb. 23, 09 7:46 AM

I'm a student at Carleton, and, to be frank, a bit confused by this article. I've only seen a few people who seem overly enthusiastic about the turbine, and any rivalry is mostly tongue in cheek. Sure there are a lot of people who like the idea, but to call this a "beloved landmark"? I don't think so.

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cmodichFeb. 23, 09 7:56 AM

Minnesota is a leader in wind turbine's here in the us and that is something to be proud of! Power companys,private citizens,colleges all getting on board not waiting for the government to accomplish this is a very good thing. It's funny to see the negative posts wondering what the numbers are,do those of you that are skeptics on turbines know the numbers on coal power? Do you know how long a 2mile train worth of coal lasts? about 24hrs! So you can mine and ship coal screw with the environment burn this toxic stuff lose half the energy as heat right out the smoke stack, or put up a turbine! yes I know the wind doesnt blow all the time but when its blowing its free harmless energy.

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sparky5006Feb. 23, 09 7:57 AM

They both have destroyed the beautiful scenry around their campuses! Now another one? What are they thinking?

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foobarxyzFeb. 23, 09 8:14 AM

http://www.csbsju.edu/Environment/wind/skyline.htm I wonder if people ever complained when smokestacks or radio towers were built in the early- to mid-20th century. It seems like wind turbines are much more beautiful in what message they deliver than these other tall technologies! Build them!

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wunderdudeFeb. 23, 09 8:14 AM

Macalester, the Harvard of the Midwest

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