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Nygard sells the wind turbines in other cities and would like the opportunity to do the same in Orono. The Orono City Manager did not answer our request for an on-camera interview and asked us to call an attorney who is representing the city in this three-year legal battle.
Jay Nygard filed the lawsuit Thursday, the latest step in his more than three-year dispute with the west metro suburb. He argues that it’s his right to have the 29-foot-tall wind turbine in his back yard and that the city’s ordinance prohibiting it oversteps state law.
“It’s about my property rights,” he said. “And I want to prevent other people from having to go through what I’ve had to.”
Cities are increasingly regulating renewable energy projects. Orono moved to do so last December when all wind energy conversion systems were prohibited in the city.
It's not a story one wants to hear right before the anniversary of 9/11, but Fox 9 News has confirmed an Orono, Minn., man flying to Denver was on a watch list that should have singled him out for screening -- but that didn't happen.
Most people have heard about the TSA's "no-fly" list, but this man was on something similar known as "the selectee list." The estimated 14,000 people on that list are still allowed to fly, but are selected for more rigorous screening and searches than other travelers. Yet, that's not how it worked a few days ago -- not even close.
A federal court ruled late yesterday that constitutional rights are at stake when the government places Americans on the No Fly List, agreeing with the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.