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Homeowners sue town over ban on yard signs against wind turbines

A pair of homeowners are suing their Town of Morrison because they can’t express their opposition to wind farm development in the town. James and Barbara Vanden Boogart and Jon and Lori Morehouse are filing a federal lawsuit claiming the ban is unconstitutional. The lawsuit seeks repeal the ordinance, compensatory and punitive damages. President and general counsel Rick Esenberg is with the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty who represent the defendants and says this didn’t happen overnight. Over the last two years, the homeowners have tried to get the town to change its ordinance. “They had been informed by a number of sources that they don’t have a legal right to do this, nevertheless they continued to do it saying literally someone should sue us, so we did.” Esenberg said. The homeowners claim the ordinance is being used to stifle opposition to wind turbine development in the town. Town officials have not had a chance to look at the lawsuit, and won’t comment until they do.