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Art acts as escape from windy debate

WLUK Fox TV|Ben Krumholz|March 14, 2010
WisconsinGeneral

Almost anyone you ask in Morrison knows about the debate surrounding the windmill proposal. "It's good to have green energy but some people don't like it because they are really big and some think it's noisy," said 12-year-old Shane Nushart. Some people have heard enough.


TOWN OF MORRISON - Tension fills the town of Morrison and its surrounding communities over a proposal to build a wind farm with up to 100 turbines.

"One family member has already signed up for the windmills and another family member is really opposed to it," said Joe Beyer, the co-coordinator of the Easter for Kids event at the Morrison Zion Lutheran Church.

Almost anyone you ask in Morrison knows about the debate surrounding the windmill proposal.

"It's good to have green energy but some people don't like it because they are really big and some think it's noisy," said 12-year-old Shane Nushart.

Some people have heard enough.

"I don't really care about it," said 11-year-old Megan Laabs.

So Morrison Zion Lutheran Church decided to focus not on wind energy, but creative energy. That's how its Easter art competition for kids came to life. The church came up with the art contest to get the kids minds off of the controversy surrounding the windmill debate.

"With all the debate going on about the windmills we really just wanted to give the kids a ... more [truncated due to possible copyright]

     

TOWN OF MORRISON - Tension fills the town of Morrison and its surrounding communities over a proposal to build a wind farm with up to 100 turbines.

"One family member has already signed up for the windmills and another family member is really opposed to it," said Joe Beyer, the co-coordinator of the Easter for Kids event at the Morrison Zion Lutheran Church.

Almost anyone you ask in Morrison knows about the debate surrounding the windmill proposal.

"It's good to have green energy but some people don't like it because they are really big and some think it's noisy," said 12-year-old Shane Nushart.

Some people have heard enough.

"I don't really care about it," said 11-year-old Megan Laabs.

So Morrison Zion Lutheran Church decided to focus not on wind energy, but creative energy. That's how its Easter art competition for kids came to life. The church came up with the art contest to get the kids minds off of the controversy surrounding the windmill debate.

"With all the debate going on about the windmills we really just wanted to give the kids a chance of release, something fun where they can use their talents," said Beyer.

30 kids took part in the contest. Six winners were chosen to have their artwork featured in the community.

The kids and organizers agree, the contest was a great way to do something other than talk about the possible windmills.

"It makes me feel good not to talk about the windmills," said Laabs.

"Things might make our life a little more difficult or a little easier, but we have to keep our eye on the big prize," said Beyer.

The big prize for these kids is people can now look at and talk about their art; instead of something they've already seen plenty of the past few months.

On Monday, March 9th, residents of Morrison voted 245 to 18 to have the town board support a strategy against the wind farm development.

The state's Public Service Commission has final say on whether the windmills will be built in the area.


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