Towers over corn

  Work is well underway on the windfarm expansion in northwestern Franklin County, the third phase of Whispering Willows. This photo was taken last week northeast of Alexander. When complete in 2020, the third phase of Whispering Willows will include 81 towers which will be able to generate enough electricity for 93,000 homes. Landowners will collect $44 million in rent over the next 30 years. The total number of wind generators in Franklin County operated by Alliant Energy will total approximately 260 by next year.

   See up-close photos in this week's edition of the Belmond Independent.