Besides growing soybeans and corn, Lake Benton farmer discovers extra revenue stream.

That was the headline on a Nov. 26, 2000, New York Times article on wind turbines that featured Lake Benton farmers who sold their rights to the wind power that blasts through what is called the Buffalo Ridge.

“Basically, they’re paying me to let the wind blow,” Schardin was quoted in the New York Time article.

Today, Schardin is still reaping the benefits of wind turbines on his land and on the surrounding farms. But just like other Minnesota farmers, he still grows corn and soybeans. The wind turbines, Schardin recently told the Independent, is just one of his “revenue streams.” But the turbines also play well with his philosophy when it comes to farming.