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  • According to the Jackson County Chronicle, a group of landowners has launched an effort to halt frac sand mining in Jackson County, Wis. A petition filed in Jackson County Circuit Court said county officials haven’t followed proper procedures for appealing zoning decisions and should re-consider a legal challenge made against a rail spur for sand transportation in the town of Adams, Wis.
  • Chieftain Sand & Proppant Barron LLC, which operates locations in Chetek, Wis., and New Auburn, Wis., announced that it would eliminate 63 jobs. The frac sand company said all the employees who lost their jobs were already on a temporary layoff status.
  • Rich Budinger, president of Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association, speaking at a Wisconsin Farmers Union and Wisconsin Towns Association meeting at the Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire, Wis., said he remains optimistic about frac sand’s future. “We’re hoping that after [the winter] we will come out stronger. We expect that 2016 is going to be a better year than 2015,” he said. More than 160 people from around the state showed up to discuss all things sand.