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Two athletes are attempting to snowkite across North Dakota - from Canada to South Dakota - in an effort to raise awareness of wind energy potential in the state.

Sam Salwei and Jason Magness, members of a group known as 2XtM, started the To Cross the Moon excursion to educate and excite young people about wind power in the region. According to their Web site, www.2xtm.com, the men will illustrate North Dakota's potential by using only wind to propel them 370 miles in a two-week journey that started Jan. 1, 2007. The site says they will carry everything they need on their backs during the two weeks.

The American Wind Energy Association ranks North Dakota as first in the U.S. for wind energy potential as of Sept. 30, 2006. The state has 128 MW of wind power already installed, and 50.6 MW is currently under construction.

To view updates or learn more about To Cross the Moon, visit the athletes' Web site.


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