Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier: A farmer has lost his legal challenge against a planned wind energy project in southern Black Hawk County. A judge on Monday affirmed the county Board of Adjustment’s decision to issue a special permit for Washburn Wind Energy’s plans to erect 35 large wind turbines in Eagle Township east of Hudson. Harold Youngblut, who farms near the controversial project, filed a lawsuit last year claiming the Board of Adjustment action violated the county’s zoning ordinance and amounted to an illegal "taking" of property due to the effect on neighbors.