Minnesota Man Arrested, Sentenced to 6-Months in Jail for Having a Windmill On His Property

The Free Thought Project – by John Vibes

Orono, MN – For more than a year, we have been following the story of a Minnesota man, Jay Nygard, who is routinely risking jail time because he refuses to remove a wind turbine from his property. Nygard has been in and out of court over the years, and despite a short-lived victory in October, he was recently back in front of a judge facing a contempt of court charge for refusing a court order to remove the turbines from his property.  

He did eventually remove the turbines, leaving only the cement bases because removing them would cause structural damage to their house. This was not good enough for the local government, who ignored the advice of three different engineers and demanded that they remove the bases, despite the risk of damaging the home.

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This is all that remains of the windmill on Nygard’s property, a concrete footing, in the ground.

On Friday, Nygard was arrested and, according to his son, has been given six months in prison for refusing to remove the base.

According to Kahler Nygard, Jay’s son, his father even attempted to make peace with the county and compromise on a number of different issues, but they ignored his appeals.

“The choices for my dad were to potentially destroy our foundation in the house or go to jail, he even offered an olive branch saying he would add an easement to the deed saying when the house is demolished the pad must be removed, but that was ignored also,” Kahler said in an exclusive interview with The Free Thought Project.

“The base was level with the ground and 4 feet cubed. We removed the top half of the concrete and used a metal cutting tool to remove the top half of the bolt assembly, rendering the structure unusable,” Kahler explained.

“They say that we have to remove to footing 100% and have it inspected by the city, which we have three different engineers all saying we should just leave it, one of them even does contract work for the city,” he added.

Kahler said that although there are no ordinances against windmills, the county has a personal vendetta against his family.

Nygard has the right to do whatever he wants with his own property, but unfortunately in a democracy such as the United States, the property rights of an individual can be overridden according to the whims of politicians and the demands of uninvolved third parties.

Please share this story with your friends and family in hopes of keeping a good man, whose only “crime” was self-sustainability, out of jail.


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.
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6 thoughts on “Minnesota Man Arrested, Sentenced to 6-Months in Jail for Having a Windmill On His Property

  1. So much for private property in the “Land of the Free.” But hey — I’m sure “our” troops will come along soon to “fight for his freedom.”

  2. Nygard? Really? I guess the local govt. person enforcing this never watched the TV show “Fargo” 😉 but the rub is that since we are all forced to pay property taxes (no allodial titles allowed), that basically gives a govt. in search of more revenue the right to do this sorta thing.

    As with cops, a lot of the malfeasance by local govts. I think really is personal.

  3. go talk to that guy in Granby Colorado, Marvin John Heemeyer

    The cost of the damage was estimated at $7 million.. he got the final F- You

    Yah, I know he’s dead , but it was on his terms, not the fu-kin states or counties..if you look him up in Wikipedia ..in his photograph he’s smiling

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_Heemeyer

    1. “The most dangerous weapon in the world is a man with nothing left to lose.”

      I’m not sure who said this, but it’s very true.

  4. isn’t it clear from what happened to this man that we are slaves and own nothing?
    According to the 13th amendment that we can’t be forced into involuntary servitude. So we must have signed a contract at some time volunteering without knowing it.
    We have to get free from this slavery! Freedom will stop this municipality dead in its tracks. But How?
    I think that was what Eric Williams did when he said to the judge in his failure to file case –
    I don’t believe there is any evidence that I am one who subjected myself willingly, knowingly and
    voluntarily to the jurisdiction of the IRS and the United States. He said that 45 years ago and
    the judge said he would take it into consideration and get back to him. Eric is still waiting to hear from
    the judge. https://jhaines6.wordpress.com/common-law-issuescommentslinks/

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