About this series

  • Updated: October 27, 2012 - 10:14 PM

ABOUT THIS SERIES

Frac Sand Fever is a periodic Star Tribune series on the sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin as "hydro-fracking'' revolutionizes the nation's oil and gas industry.

Sep. 30: A $55 million sand processing plant could make St. Charles the gateway to Minnesota's new mining frontier.

Today: Sand companies are hiring away local regulators, leaving counties short-staffed in the midst of a land rush and raising ethics questions.

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