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Tower blade comes down at wind farm

Only a portion of wind tower blade remained after Monday's structural failure.A section of a blade fell to the ground Monday, April 21, at about 1 p.m. from one of the wind towers of the Prairie Breeze Wind Energy Center, northwest of Petersburg in Boone County.
Winds were strong in the area that day, and wind farm owner Invenergy said the blade at Prairie Breeze unit #51 experienced a structural failure. There were no injuries. This tower is located east of the intersection of 170th Avenue and 125th Street on land owned by Kevin and Linda Rasmussen.
The turbine has ceased operation, and Invenergy said it is working with G.E., the turbine manufacturer, to determine the cause of the incident.