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A proposed expansion of the Ashtabula Wind Energy Center north of Valley City, N.D., above, has generated complaints from nearby residents who are concerned about noise and possible health effects. North Dakota requires wind turbines to be at least a quarter-mile from the nearest occupied dwelling, but some research suggests setbacks should be at least a half-mile or mile to ensure safety. (Patrick Springer/The Forum)

Some North Dakotans oppose wind turbines in their backyards

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FARGO - Dennis and Carolyn Stillings moved into the country to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the rolling prairie near the Sheyenne River Valley.

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But now Carolyn sleeps with earplugs and sometimes finds the farmstead's old chicken coop, well insulated and being converted into a studio, the only refuge from the noise.

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