Last week I traveled south of Northfield to Kasson. Along the way I passed the wind turbine farm in Dodge County. It is quite an impressive feature to see all those turbines cranking out electricity in the middle of farm fields.

I couldn’t help but think about what a huge positive impact wind turbines, and renewable energy, is having on the Minnesota economy. With a blade manufacturer building blades in Pipestone we now have a significant number of manufacturing jobs related to wind turbines. And of course every wind turbine needs hundreds of cubic yards of concrete, thousands of bolts, hundreds of electric connections, and lots of general construction work. In the coming decades Minnesota is going to be challenged to find and develop industries that will allow it to perform at the level it has been performing. Renewable energy products can really help our industrial development.