County commissioners in Winona are among the latest officials in southeast Minnesota to hit the pause button on frac sand mining while they study possible environmental and public health effects.
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The incidents took place at credit unions in Savage and Apple Valley.
Former Twin Cities plastic surgeon charged with sex crimes
Christopher Kovanda is accused of inappropriately touching woman under the guise of providing medical care.
Minnesota man accused of murder in Chicago is arrested in Alabama
A 26-year-old man from a small town on the Iowa border is accused of murdering a Greyhound bus employee.
Support for Shakopee Public Schools employee diagnosed with cancer
The media specialist has been transitioned to hospice care recently.
Big November snowstorms uncommon in MN, but snowfall is increasing
This week's 8.4 inches at MSP Airport was one of the biggest November storms in the Twin Cities since 1991.
New coffee shop brings taste of the North Shore to Minnetonka
Base Camp Coffee & Provisions is now open.
Minnesota nurses take vote on whether to hold second strike
The results will be determined Wednesday night.
OCD, irritable bowel syndrome added to MN's medical marijuana list
They are the two latest qualifying medical conditions for Minnesota's marijuana program.
Fundraiser created for family-owned Cô Tu' Oriental Cuisine after shooting
Support from the community will go towards medical expenses and overhead costs for the restaurant.
Police: Minnesota murder suspect arrested in Texas
Erica Roberts has been on the run since March.
Jackknifed semis close I-35 northbound near Faribault
There are icy conditions across Minnesota
Red Lake man gets 12 years for murder of his cousin
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Two more southeast Minnesota counties approve silica sand mining moratoriums
The Rochester Post Bulletin reports both the Houston and Fillmore County Boards passed resolutions earlier this week. Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona are also among the list of counties, cities and townships concerned with the proliferation of silica sand mines.
Winona County expected to vote on frac sand mining moratorium Tuesday
Several silica sand mining projects are planned or proposed in Winona County. But some residents want to slow things down to let the county consider stricter regulations to guard against environmental and health risks.
"What's the rush?": critics of frac sand mining seek moratoriums
The energy industry is anxious to use southeastern Minnesota sands to help release petroleum deposits that conventional drilling can't reach. They've likened the mining of that sand to a gold rush. But activists concerned about the environmental effects of the sand mines want to allow time for more studies.
Winona County just became the first in MN to ban frac sand mining
No more frac sand mining in Winona County.
City of Red Wing becomes latest to put moratorium on mining of frac sand
City leaders have approved a one-year ban on silica sand mining within the city limits, where a county moratorium does not apply. Wabasha and Goodhue Counties earlier approved similar bans as they try to figure out what effects mining could have on the area and environment.
Winona mining company sues Eau Claire County over moratorium on silica mines
High Country Sand wants the court to order the county to move forward with reviewing and approving its application to build a silica sand mine. The county says it put the moratorium in place to give officials time to review whether silica sand mining warrants new rules to protect health and the environment. Silica sand is used in hydraulic fracturing, a process that releases oil and natural gas from the earth.
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