Over the past year, we have been following the story of a Minnesota man named Jay Nygard, who is routinely risking jail time because he refuses to remove a wind turbine from his property. Nygard has been in and out of court over the years, and despite a short-lived victory back in October, he is now risking jail time again, and facing an ultimatum from the city yet again.
Jay 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.
The local government and a few nosy neighbors had been disputing the placement of this turbine for over 4 years, since it was built in 2010.
Jay reached out to the Free Thought Project in October to let us know that a judge ruled that he was allowed to keep the wind turbines on his property because the case was getting so much media attention and he was receiving so much support from the community. However, now just a few months later, the local government is coming after him with different threats, and a different deadline.