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Just now, Dasnake said:

Your neighbour has a grid farm on his land or is that besides you guys?

The fans are spread around over about 60 or 80 square miles surrounding our land. Unfortunately, since none are on our property we have to look at and hear the stupid things but don't reap the financial benefits for doing so!

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12 minutes ago, lotsaIHCs said:

The fans are spread around over about 60 or 80 square miles surrounding our land. Unfortunately, since none are on our property we have to look at and hear the stupid things but don't reap the financial benefits for doing so!

How loud are they? When traveling I've seen the blades and could not believe the size, and then seeing the base which are huge also.

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3 minutes ago, Dasnake said:

How loud are they? When traveling I've seen the blades and could not believe the size, and then seeing the base which are huge also.

They really aren't that loud. It just depends on the wind direction. At times there is a ''whoosh" sound every time a blade gets to a certain position. So 3 whooshes per revolution. About one whoosh per second.  It can get pretty annoying hearing the noise all day if you are outside. At times, in the house it will sound like a car drove into the yard. They make a rumbling noise as they pivot to face the wind, but we don't hear that noise very often. There have been a handful of times where a hatch on the center hub wasn't latched and the door would make a loud slamming metal noise twice per revolution. Once when it opened and again when it closed. The towers in our area are 200 feet tall with the blades being 100 feet long if I recall correctly. So with the blade pointing straight up it would be about 300 feet total. Or a football field tall.

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9 hours ago, lotsaIHCs said:

Yes, this year is bad. But we usually don't get them as bad in our area as they do in the Red River Valley in eastern ND. The worst place in ND for skeeters, that I've ever been, was Wahpeton. South of Fargo.

Truth!!

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Ya skeeters are bad here too 

not unusual to find a camp fire smoldering with drag marks in the dirt from skeeters dragging  their victims into the woods :rolleyes:

then there are the ''snow snakes'' in the winter so its not a good place to move to for invaders :lol:

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4 hours ago, Mike H said:

Ya skeeters are bad here too 

not unusual to find a camp fire smoldering with drag marks in the dirt from skeeters dragging  their victims into the woods :rolleyes:

then there are the ''snow snakes'' in the winter so its not a good place to move to for invaders :lol:

"snow snakes"?  You mean the ones called Polaris, artic cat and skidoo, etc???

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A few years ago I was at a retailor here (marks workwear house) and they sold skeeter clothing, I bought pants, a long sleeve shirt and a short sleeve, I wear them out in the boonies and around home, don't know how well they work but I seem to have  less bites, I spray on ben's bug spray or deep woods F-off as well, I don't know if its our area (lower BC and points east) but I have never encountered a tick problem, I do remember the old man telling me of problems he had in the '20s in central BC, which is pretty dry and arrid.

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On 5/24/2023 at 9:29 PM, searcyfarms said:

i used to live there, i miss it a lot in some ways not so much in others - im not tough enough to live up there LOL

I'm on the eastern edge and we love it.

But, we are being infiltrated.

A couple, with medical issues, built a new house on a township road in the middle of nowhere.

Now they are demanding snow removal and the like.

The townships don't have the revenue here.

The farmers mainly do the show removal because they would rather use their blowers than have a plow do it.

There is little hope of the couple getting a tractor of their own.

Townships need to come up with some way of protecting themselves.

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On 5/24/2023 at 9:29 PM, searcyfarms said:

i used to live there, i miss it a lot in some ways not so much in others - im not tough enough to live up there LOL

Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooops

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47 minutes ago, Ihfan4life said:

Not fair… we have Bernie 🤯😱

I would just about trade you a Machaela for a Bernie even up right now. 😳🥺

 

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5 hours ago, Diesel Doctor said:

I'm on the eastern edge and we love it.

But, we are being infiltrated.

A couple, with medical issues, built a new house on a township road in the middle of nowhere.

Now they are demanding snow removal and the like.

The townships don't have the revenue here.

The farmers mainly do the show removal because they would rather use their blowers than have a plow do it.

There is little hope of the couple getting a tractor of their own.

Townships need to come up with some way of protecting themselves.

In our township, the county plows the township roads. They will plow private roads if they have time and are in the area. You have to call in and get on the list. They get to you when they get to you. And, of course,  it's not free. Something like $50 for the first half hour and then $50 every 15 minutes after that. I had them do my driveway, about 4/10ths of a mile once last winter. Got the bill and it was only $40. Well worth it. The next time though, they were too backed up so they never made it out. If you build off a regular road, expect to take care of your own road.

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6 hours ago, Diesel Doctor said:

I'm on the eastern edge and we love it.

But, we are being infiltrated.

A couple, with medical issues, built a new house on a township road in the middle of nowhere.

Now they are demanding snow removal and the like.

The townships don't have the revenue here.

The farmers mainly do the show removal because they would rather use their blowers than have a plow do it.

There is little hope of the couple getting a tractor of their own.

Townships need to come up with some way of protecting themselves.

I am confused, they want the town to plow town roads?  Or do they want the town to plow private property?  Here in Ohio, the town plows the town's roads and I think the state plows the state roads.  The homeowner is responsible for plowing the private roads or parking lots.

 

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14 minutes ago, Doug in NY said:

I am confused, they want the town to plow town roads?  Or do they want the town to plow private property?  Here in Ohio, the town plows the town's roads and I think the state plows the state roads.  The homeowner is responsible for plowing the private roads or parking lots.

 

Townships are different from towns. Here in Kansas, we have township roads, county roads, and state roads. 
Townships are 6 miles by 6 miles, and at times don’t maintain their roads as well as the county. They frown upon us doing our own snow removal, and get really bent if you grade the road. 
I have never understood the mentality of moving into an area and demanding all the amenities of a different area. 
I have to say Cherry County Nebraska has the most almost single lane, asphalt roads I have ever been around, and their almost gravel roads are rather poor. In their defense, there’s a lot of miles and not much money to spend on roads. 

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On 5/27/2023 at 3:09 PM, Doug in NY said:

I am confused, they want the town to plow town roads?  Or do they want the town to plow private property?  Here in Ohio, the town plows the town's roads and I think the state plows the state roads.  The homeowner is responsible for plowing the private roads or parking lots.

 

LAZY WP explained it as SD and KS are almost identical.

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In Maine many towns have discontinued maintenance on parts of some town roads or all of some roads. Usually no one lives on these. It takes a vote of the townspeople to resume maintenance or to accept a road as a town road. Sometimes it's just winter maintenance that is discontinued. This can cause a lot of problems when someone builds on one of them.

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1 hour ago, acem said:

We don't plow the roads down here.

We just wait until it melts that afternoon...

It's alot easier.

About once ever 2 years I actually get to put the old K2500 in 4-low on our city street, if I get up in time on the snow fall day!

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On 5/27/2023 at 4:33 PM, Lazy WP said:

Townships are different from towns. Here in Kansas, we have township roads, county roads, and state roads. 
Townships are 6 miles by 6 miles, and at times don’t maintain their roads as well as the county. They frown upon us doing our own snow removal, and get really bent if you grade the road. 
I have never understood the mentality of moving into an area and demanding all the amenities of a different area. 
I have to say Cherry County Nebraska has the most almost single lane, asphalt roads I have ever been around, and their almost gravel roads are rather poor. In their defense, there’s a lot of miles and not much money to spend on roads. 

I live in a township in Ohio that is about the same size, we have township roads, county roads and state roads.  County and state roads get the best plowing but everything is plowed.  Our township at the last census has around 3100 residents.  The township has no full time employees, we are in the snow belt of Ohio, plowing on weekdays is different than on weekends.  But all the roads are plowed.  Snow removal is most of our township budget.

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Back when I got a small look at North America that was the area I could have contemplated moving to if I had to.  Given that I grew up where houses closer than 4 miles is considered overpopulated.

Other connections would have likely pushed me over the Canadian border though.

That situation didn't arise though.

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