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Diamond Wind Energy LLC. in Atwater uses a 20-kilowatt Jacob's turbine to tap wind near Diamond Lake. A group of investors would like to erect large turbines to capture 20 megawatts of wind power in Big Stone County. Tribune photo by Bill Zimmer

Is this a last gasp for Big Stone Wind?

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ORTONVILLE -- For Big Stone Wind, being at the cutting edge for community-owned wind power might bring the unkindest cut of all.

The Big Stone County group is on the verge of axing its plans for a 20-megawatt wind farm. It was to be owned entirely by land owners and residents of the county. If the project goes forward, it will more likely be in partnership with another company, and not as the community-owned project originally hoped by its nearly 100 investors.

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