February 26, 2013 in The Dickinson Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. New silica sand mines would be prohibited from opening for a year under a bill a Minnesota Senate committee approved Tuesday. Continue Reading
February 26, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe
ST. PAUL New silica sand mines would be prohibited from opening for a year under a bill a state Senate committee approved Tuesday. Continue Reading
February 17, 2013 in Worthington Daily Globe
Opponents cite environmental concerns and
stress on roadsST. PAUL Many Minnesotans are not sure whether more silica sand mining could mean dangerous dust and contaminated water, a booming economy, or something in between.
August 3, 2012 in The Dickinson Press
BERTHOLD Fourteen months ago, the general manager of the Berthold Farmers Elevator worried how he would keep everyone on the payroll during such a wet season. Continue Reading
May 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
A veterans’ group is buying television advertising to support Republican Duane Sand’s U.S. Senate primary campaign against GOP Congressman Rick Berg. Sand and Berg are opposing each other in the June 12 primary election. They’re competing for the Republican Senate nomination to run against Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in the fall. Continue Reading
March 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Winona has become the epicenter of a new Midwestern gold rush: frac sand mining. But as the boom spreads, from western Wisconsin to Mankato to Shakopee, it is igniting a debate over sand mining and the larger industry it serves — the controversial oil and gas drilling practice called hydro-fracking. Continue Reading
January 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald
Largely overlooked in the national debate over fracking is the emerging fight in the U.S. heartland over mining “frac sand,” which has grains of ideal size, shape, strength and purity. Mining companies say the work provides good jobs in rural areas, but some residents fear the increase in mining could harm human health and the environment.