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AG seeks restraining order to stop turbine sales

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general is seeking an immediate court order to stop an Excelsior company from selling any more small wind turbines to farmers.

Attorney General Lori Swanson is making the request to stop sales while a lawsuit filed by her office against the company, Renewable Energy, makes its way through Hennepin County District Court.

The attorney general's office says it's received more than 100 complaints from farmers about Renewable Energy. Many of those complaints are cited in her motion for a temporary restraining order. The lawsuit filed last month alleges the company and owner Shawn Dooling sold farmers faulty windmills using federal stimulus money, then failed to deliver or built turbines that didn't work properly.

Renewable Energy attorney Thomas Pursell tells the Star Tribune ( ) that he's studying the attorney general's motion and will respond later.

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