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Mount Frac: a 40,000-ton symbol of Winona's sand debate

Winona now has six businesses that mine, process, or transport frac sand. Backers of the industry say the economic benefits are far-reaching. Detractors have trouble seeing those benefits through the dust, truck traffic, and noise they say are hurting the city's quality of life.
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Winona now has six businesses that mine, process, or transport frac sand. Backers of the industry say the economic benefits are far-reaching. Detractors have trouble seeing those benefits through the dust, truck traffic, and noise they say are hurting the city's quality of life.

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