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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Most wind farm backers win in Smelser

From an article by Craig Reber in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa):

TOWN of SMELSER, Wis. -- Voters returned two of three incumbents in the contentious Smelser Township Board of Supervisors race -- an election that essentially put a controversial wind farm proposal on the ballot.

Incumbent Town Chairman Gabe Loeffelholz retained his seat, turning back a bid by challenger Greg Brandt, 204-193.

Incumbent supervisor Arnold Rawson kept his post with 295 votes. He was joined on the board by challenger Robert Droessler, who tallied 199 votes.

Incumbent James Kraus had 172 votes, and Mike Reese received 67, neither garnering enough votes to win the supervisor seats.

"I survived one," said Loeffelholz, who previously served in the state legislature representing the 49th Assembly District. "I'm used to winning and I'm used to losing. That's all a part of life -- like work, religion and politics."

Wind Capital Group, headquartered in St. Louis, wants to build about 61 towers in portions of three townships: Smelser, Paris and Hazel Green. The proposed White Oak Wind Farm would have a total capacity of 100 megawatts.

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