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U Of Minn. Opens Wind Research Station

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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota is flipping the switch on a new wind research station this week at the university’s UMore Park property in Rosemount.

The research station includes a 420-foot-tall wind turbine and a 426-foot-tall meteorological research tower. The facility will host research into wind energy and train workers for the industry.

The facility is the product of $7.9-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to the University of Minnesota and its private-sector partners. It was one of three such partnerships to receive a grant in 2009.

The public commissioning ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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