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The St. Charles City Council rejected requests to build a controversial new frac sand and mining facility near the small southeast Minnesota town Tuesday night, the Star Tribune reports.

Members unanimously voted against annexing township land for the proposed processing plant and rail depot priced at $55 million to $70 million.

Officials with developer Minnesota Proppant did not attend Tuesday night's meeting.

Mayor Bill Spitzer told the newspaper the issue has divided the community and ruined friendships.

Local resident Travis Lange considers the vote a victory, but doesn't expect frac sand mining supporters to go away.

Winona Daily News notes the company could still pursue a conditional-use permit from the county, even though township officials also oppose the proposal.

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