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  • According to the Houston County News, The Winona County, Minn., Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve the first frac sand mine in the county. The 20-acre Nisbit mine site in Saratoga Township has been the subject of multiple public hearings dating back to October 2011.

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  • The Buffalo County, Minn., zoning committee held a public hearing for residents to weigh in on proposed changes to the way the county regulates frac sand, according to the Winona Daily News. The changes define industrial sand mining operations, extraction, manufacturing, processing, stockpiling, transport and reclamation. Zoning representatives said the changes are designed to provide “impartial standards” to regulate mining through the county’s Land Resources Department.

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According to the Winona Daily News, Buffalo County, Minn., zoning supervisors have voted 3-1 to approve changes to the county’s frac sand regulations. The biggest change would require the county’s board of adjustment to consider both individual and cumulative effects from a mining operation by investigating location, size, traffic density and other factors.

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  • With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s new budget including assistance for the sand mining industry, a controversial frac sand operation near the Lower Wisconsin River is moving closer to approval. The town of Bridgeport Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for Pattison Sand Co. of Clayton, Iowa, to locate a mine near the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, setting up a final vote by the Town Board on March 27. Mine opponents packed the Bridgeport Town Hall for the commission meeting recently, but were given little opportunity to speak during the three-hour hearing, according to reports.

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