Residents who leased property to Edison Mission Group's Laredo Ridge Wind Project in Petersburg, Neb., are beginning to reap the benefits after the project went online in February. The company gives an annual payment of $6,500 per turbine on the property of Doug Rueth, who noted that the sounds from the wind turbines are not an issue. "It's not as noisy or as bad as when the trains go through Columbus [in Nebraska]," Rueth added.

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