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Continued: Solar-powered house shines on the prairie

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 26, 2013 - 4:11 PM

But they are only a two-hour drive from Minneapolis. And Nelson got her wish to gaze at the night sky. “In summer, we lay on the prairie grass and can see stars all around us for miles,” she said.


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619


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  • Super-green home in Winona makes as much energy as it uses, designed by Locus Architecture.


    What: Sustainable home powered by the sun and heated by wood from the land.

    Size: 1,700 square feet with two bedrooms and one bathroom.

    Designed by: Paul Neseth, Wynne Yelland and Adam Jonas, Locus Architecture, Minneapolis;

    Builder: Tom Fort, Fort Building and Supply, St. Charles, Minn.

    Cost: $375,000.

    To find out more: Locus Architecture will offer the program “Off the Grid on a Budget,” examining the details of the Nelson-Larsen home at 7 p.m. March 28 at Midwest Mountaineering, 309 Cedar Av. S., Minneapolis and with the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society at 7 p.m. April 3, REI, 750 W. American Blvd., Bloomington. Go to

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