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Blogs
August 19, 2013

Frac sand mining in MN gets a website

Six agencies are involved in rulemaking and regulation.
Blogs
March 14, 2013
A frac sand crash in St. Charles splits investors

A frac sand crash in St. Charles splits investors

Minnesotans Rick Frick and Mike Murphy are picking up the pieces of a failed initiative to build a major frac sand facility in St. Charles. They'll go elsewhere for a rail site and they vow to mine sand.
Blogs
March 12, 2013
St. Charles denies a major frac sand project

St. Charles denies a major frac sand project

A proposal to build one of the nation's largest frac sand processing and transportation hubs in St. Charles, Minn., was rejected when the City Council refused to provide a home for the project
Blogs
February 27, 2013

Senate committee votes for frac sand moratorium

The Senate frac sand bill led by state Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing sailed through its first committee test.
Blogs
February 21, 2013
Meet "fractivist" Amy Nelson

Meet "fractivist" Amy Nelson

Minnesota frac sand activist Amy Nelson is a political novice who brings her background in higher education at technical schools to the front lines of a fight that has spilled into the Capitol
Blogs
February 21, 2013
Lawmakers at a frac sand mining hearing at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Trout group fears frac sand damage to streams

Minnesota Trout Unlimited has called on the state to keep frac sand facilities far away from the resources that give streams life
Blogs
February 13, 2013

Momentum Builds for Recall of Red Wing Mayor

With Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan still insisting he can represent both the city and the frac sand industry, momentum is building for a citizen-driven recall movement
Variety
February 8, 2013

Competitor voices environmental concern about Winona County frac sand expansion

The Minnesota Health Department and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency are not alone in calling for a full environmental review of frac sand expansion in Winona County
Variety
February 6, 2013

Red Wing Mayor Joins Frac Sand Industry

In a move that the Red Wing City Council is scrutinizing for possible conflict of interest, Mayor Dennis Egan has signed an employment contract to advocate for the frac sand industry
Variety
February 6, 2013
Taking "Snapshots" of Frac Sand Dust

Taking "Snapshots" of Frac Sand Dust

A Wisconsin professor is using scientific instruments and students to monitor the air outside frac sand facilities for respirable silica that could be a public health risk depending on concentrations.
Variety
February 6, 2013

Township Chair Gets A Sand Mine

The township official who supported the advent of sand mining in Trempealeau County has gone into the business himself
Variety
February 6, 2013
City manuever allows frac sand mine to go all night long

City manuever allows frac sand mine to go all night long

When the City of Blair annexed a frac sand mine, the company dodged regulations in order to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Variety
January 30, 2013

Frac Activist Movement is Watchful and Growing

Citizen groups increasingly watchful of movements in the frac sand industry as investors, companies vy to gain a foothold
Variety
December 20, 2012
Permit for Wabasha frac sand hub will be laden with conditions

Permit for Wabasha frac sand hub will be laden with conditions

Wabasha has proposed five pages of conditions for a frac sand rail hub that won a key approval this week
Variety
December 18, 2012

Frac-sand rail hub goes forward in Wabasha

Frac sand company leverages relationship with Canadian Pacific Railway to forge an important shipping hub in historic Wabasha, Minn.
Variety
November 6, 2012

Minnesota geologist slated to talk about frac sand

Tony Runkel will discuss the fracking sands of Minnesota and Wisconsin
Variety
November 2, 2012

A sign of the times in frac sand country

While anti-frac sand signs are readily seen along the river, inland areas sport pro-mining signage with "Sand = Jobs'' and similar messages.
Variety
November 1, 2012
Bakken Oil Patch Expanding into Montana

Bakken Oil Patch Expanding into Montana

Localized swings in frac sand activity happen against a big-picture backdrop of more and more oil drilling
Variety
October 27, 2012
A revolving door opens to the frac sand industry

A revolving door opens to the frac sand industry

Local zoning regulators in two Wisconsin counties wooed by seductive job offers from frac sand companies
Variety
October 26, 2012
Former Star Tribune owner takes to frac sand

Former Star Tribune owner takes to frac sand

Avista Capital Partners has gone from owning the Star Tribune to investing in Wisconsin frac sand mines
Variety
October 23, 2012
Dunn County considers new frac sand rules

Dunn County considers new frac sand rules

New frac sand regulations are proposed in Dunn County, Wisc., where a moratorium will expire Oct. 31
Variety
October 19, 2012
New mine OK'd between Eau Claire and Wabasha

New mine OK'd between Eau Claire and Wabasha

A 171-acre mine that can process frac sand around the clock has been approved at a site near Mondovi, Wisconsin
Variety
October 17, 2012
Buffalo County Extends Frac Sand Moratorium

Buffalo County Extends Frac Sand Moratorium

Buffalo County's moratorium against new applications for frac sand mines and processing facilities has been extended by six months.
Variety
October 12, 2012
Trempealeau County denies a mining permit for the first time

Trempealeau County denies a mining permit for the first time

After issuing 21 frac sand facility permits over three years, Trempealeau County, Wisc., says 'no' to an applicant
Variety
October 10, 2012
Wisconsin Kicks Off Study on Frac Sand's Impact on Water Quantity

Wisconsin Kicks Off Study on Frac Sand's Impact on Water Quantity

Frac sand facilities are high-volume users of water and the impacts in Chippewa County, Wisc., are being studied by government geologists