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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

Feb. 15, 2017 – House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster recently delivered a message that's already becoming clear to the transportation world: A big legislative package to fund infrastructure isn't...
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Prime-Time Products

Weir Minerals will exhibit its world-class comminution portfolio at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017. This major construction and aggregate exhibition will witness the launch of Weir Minerals’ latest solution for sand production and...
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Manufacturers in Focus

In 2015, Maximus North America set the "gold standard" for the mobile crushing and screening industry by introducing the Irish-based Maximus Crushing and Screening product line into North America. This...
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People on the Move

Mississippi Lime Co. promoted Blake Dell to director of business planning and development.
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Rock Stars

Mark Savit, senior counsel in Husch Blackwell’s Energy & Natural Resources group, and long-time Rock Products law columnist, was named the 2016 recipient of the President’s Citation Award from the...
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Kenworth Truck Co. named its 2017 Kenworth Dealer Council members. The council features eight prominent executives representing the more than 380 Kenworth dealerships in the United States and Canada.
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Review Process for Frac Sand Plants Being Discussed


The Buffalo County Land Resources Department is drafting guidelines to help towns review proposed frac sand mining projects, according to the Winona Daily News. The guidelines are the next step toward allowing towns to have direct input on proposals in their jurisdiction, a plan the county included in its updated frac sand regulations earlier this year.

Towns now have advisory say in approving or denying applications. While town boards are in charge of running their own meetings and review processes, a guide created by land resources is intended to help address common issues and questions that arise, particularly because the land resources staff has limited resources.

Staff participation at town board meetings would be limited to the first review of an application, mostly to answer questions and provide general information.

Zoning technician Peter Stoltman said land resources should play a limited role in mining permit reviews at the town level.