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The Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Power sign an agreement to build a 10 megawatt solar energy array covering 100 acres at Camp Ripley. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

Minnesota Power, National Guard plan huge solar farm

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DULUTH - Tucked away on the sprawling, 53,000-acre Camp Ripley military installation near Brainerd, protected from exploding artillery shells and rumbling tanks, an open field soon will be covered with enough solar panels to power 2,000 homes.

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