Landowners

The Kewaunee County landowners are proud—proud to do their part for the environment by hosting 17 turbines producing homegrown wind power.

MGE's wind farm spans 600 acres in the rural towns of Lincoln and Red River. The landowners lease space on their land to MGE and plant crops right up to the towers' bases.

While some landowners were initially skeptical of the wind farm, Lynn and Richard Kinnard stepped forward. Lynn Kinnard

"We believe in wind energy," Lynn said. "There's nothing cleaner than the wind. It's time to give back to future generations so they can enjoy clean air."

She also believes the wind farm is a feather in the community's cap. "This is a big thing for our little community," Lynn said.

Lynn Kinnard has four wind turbines on her property.

Lisa and Rock LeFevre were fascinated by the wind turbine construction.Lisa and Rock LeFevre

Rock and Lisa LeFevre have four 17 Danish-made Vestas wind turbines on their land.

"It's been fascinating to watch the construction, from the deep holes they had to dig . . . all the way up to the turbines," said Rock, who was leery of the wind farm proposal at first.

Now that the towers and turbines are completed, the LeFevres like watching the turbines spin gracefully over the farm fields. "I think they are amazing. I just love to watch them," Lisa said.

Kevin and Jean LeFevre said the wind turbines are reminiscent of old-fashioned windmills.

Kevin videotaped the construction process, noting his five children took quite an interest in the project. Family even joined the crews.

The Farmaree'sAllan and Debbie Guilette's sons took more than an interest—they worked with the turbine construction crews. Nick is a sophomore at UW-Stevens Point, and Aaron is a senior at Luxemburg-Casco High School. They not only got construction experience, they became friends with the 15-man crew from Denmark.

"Our sons had an experience you wouldn't believe," Debbie said. "Working with the Danes was such a good experience for them. The Danes are so polite, such gentlemen."

One day, Debbie and her 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, set up a grill and cooked lunch for the Danish construction crew. "Most of them can't speak English very well. But after lunch they all said 'thank you.' A couple even asked 'Back tomorrow?'" Debbie said laughing.Jule Fameree

Debbie and Nick Guilette helped set up MGE's wind farm dedication with Nick's friend Jessica Dorner.

To Nick Guilette, helping build the wind turbines meant more than just a good entry on his resume.

"It's clean energy. The environmental aspects of this are important to me," said Nick, who is working toward a degree in watershed management.

Jule Fameree (right) has lived for 73 years on the land that now holds two wind turbines.

"I never thought I'd see something like this on my land," he said. "But it's nice to produce electricity without any waste."