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Montana-Dakota Utilities buys wind farm near Hettinger

HETTINGER, N.D. — Montana-Dakota Utilities says it has bought a wind farm near Hettinger.

The division of MDU Resources Group Inc. says it has purchased Thunder Spirit Wind from ALLETE Clean Energy. A price was not disclosed.

ALLETE completed the $220 million wind farm project last week, and the 107.5-megawatt farm can serve about 35,000 homes. All 43 turbines are in commercial operation.

Montana-Dakota says it was able to connect the wind farm to its transmission system in an area the company already provides electric service.

Montana-Dakota says it will have employees on site to manage the site and grounds maintenance, and Nordex will have staff on site to operate and maintain the towers.

In related news, Long a leader in wind power, Xcel sees advantages in owning more wind farms.

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