Magdalena Green brings wind turbine blades

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The Magdalena Green came into port on Wednesday with a cargo hold full of wind turbine parts, all destined to go to a wind farm in Mower County in Southern Minnesota. In this picture, 2 cranes at the Port Terminal (only one is visible) are lifting one of 60 wind turbine blades out of the ship’s hold and are slowly swinging it over the deck. Each blade is lowered onto a truck that takes the blade to another part of the Port Terminal where they are set down. In the coming weeks, each blade will be picked up and placed onto a truck, one blade per truck. They will then begin the final part of a long journey that began in Denmark where the wind turbines were built and loaded onto the ship.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 09-09-2006