MINDEN TOWNSHIP — A broken wind turbine off of Minden and Ridley roads has officials asking snowmobilers in the area to steer clear of a popular trail near the damaged turbine.
According to Minden City Fire Chief Zach Kramer, a blade snapped on the turbine sometime overnight Wednesday and hanging on, blowing debris across the area. The turbine is located right next to Sanilac County's snowmobile Trail No. 20, which is the main trail between Minden City and Deckerville.
Officials are working on getting that closed and rerouted due to safety concerns for riders.
"ATVs and snowmobiles need to stay out of that area where Trail 20 is, north of Ridley Road in Minden Township," said Kramer. "The blade has been swinging in the air and debris has been blowing off and going to the east. That's our main concern, because that's where the snowmobile trail is. It's right there fairly close."
Kramer added that with an expected snowstorm coming this weekend, visibility will be compromised as well, adding to the potential danger.