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Rock From The Road: Blog & Travelogue

March 13, 2017 – I just returned from Las Vegas, where I spent a week attending the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) convention and ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017. The NSSGA...
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Prime-Time Products

SSAB offers a range of products designed to fight wear and weight in a variety of applications, including trailer chassis and dump bodies for the trucking industry, as well as...
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Manufacturers in Focus

U.S. Tsubaki announced that in 2017, the company is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The company, a subsidiary of the Tsubakimoto Chain Co., is enjoying high growth in the North American...
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People on the Move

Thompson (Tom) S. Baker II has taken an executive role as a senior vice president of Vulcan Materials Co. Baker was previously CEO of both Patriot Transportation Holding Inc. and...
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Rock Stars

Douglas D. R. Palmore, senior vice president of customer and technical services at Luck Companies, was named the 2017 recipient of the Barry K. Wendt Memorial Commitment Award from the...
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Distributor News

Excel Machinery Ltd. will join McCloskey Washing Systems (MWS) as an official distributor offering a full range of washing and classification equipment at its locations in Texas and Oklahoma. The partnership announcement was made following ConExpo-Con/Agg, where MWS officially launched...
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Resource Center

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.