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Man Faces Jail Time For Installing Wind Turbine on Own Property

 
The turbine of turbulence (photo by Bruce Bisping) Star Tribune
The turbine of turbulence (photo by Bruce Bisping) Star Tribune

A Minnesota man is risking jail time by refusing to remove a wind turbine from his property.  The local government and a few nosy neighbors have been disputing the construction of this turbine for over 4 years, since it was built in 2010.

Jay Nygard actually owns a company called Go Green Energy, which sells wind turbines in other areas of Minnesota, but he isn’t able to do so in Orono where he lives because of permit and licensing laws.  These are the same laws that are preventing Nygard from building on his own property.

In recent years there have been at least 8 lawsuits back and forth between Nygard, the local government and his neighbors.  The neighbors claim that his windmills are an eyesore and a nuisance, but in reality it isn’t actually any of their business.

Nygard has the right to do whatever he wants with his own property, but unfortunately in a democracy such as the United States, the property rights of an individual can be overridden according to the whims of politicians and the demands of uninvolved third parties.

Earlier last month, a district judge representing the local government demanded that Nygard and his wife remove the turbine.  The judge threatened to throw the man in jail if he left the turbine on his property, but Nygard is standing his ground and refusing to give in.

“They seem to think they can control our property, and what we do on our property is their business,” Nygard told the Star Tribune. “It’s my right to have it.”

“I’m ready to go to jail for everyone’s right,” he said. “If that’s what it takes, that’s what I’ll do.”

Last week we reported on a similar case of a 9-year-old boy in the suburbs of Kansas City who opened up a free library in his front yard, for anyone in his neighborhood to use, and it got shut down by the government and by neighbors who could not mind their own business.  Like Nygard, the young boy has been unfazed by the government bullying and has already been thinking of ways that he can beat the system.
 

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.

  • Anthony Carl Martin Edd

    wth is wrong with whoever posted this. You are ignorant of basic county authority, from your perspective anyone has the right to put anything on their property….Wrong. The jurisdiction has the responsibility to take into account the neighbors viewpoints and make rules to protect their rights to enjoy their property. If not, how about I move next door to you and put a bunch of junk cars and chicken coups in my front yard….you cannot complain, how bout a horse and cow too,m and a billygoat, next door to you. u gonna want that ? if not then shut up..
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    • Patrick Lucas

      Mad much? Well, this is obviously not as obtrusive as the examples you so intelligently provided. If the man produced a turbine for each one of those who claim it’s affecting their lives SO MUCH, allowing them to benefit, not a word would be said. It’s innovative, eco-friendly, a step in the right direction that our OWN state and national governments have taken. Let’s prosecute the guy for taking care of his family and his self just because he’s not buying into utilities companies. Shut up? Sounds like blind conformity, you’re fueling the fire for the rest of us. Put one up on your own property and watch both your light bill and your words become smaller and smaller. (There’s those steps in the right direction again)

      • Anthony Carl Martin Edd

        of course anything but fossil fuel generated…..however, that thing is pretty ugly, and doubt it generates much electricity, I wouldn’
        t want to look out my kitchen window at that monstrosity day in and day out. too bad to lump in a REAL issue, ie alternative energy with a hyped up article about a dude trying to skirt local ordinances that protect property values. When people use misinformation to further a legitimate cause it underminds the perceived truth of the issue and reduces it to propaganda