Judge dismisses challenge to Winona County’s frack sand ban

A¬†judge has dismissed a challenge to Winona County’s ban on industrial frack sand mining. Minnesota Sands, a company with leases on thousands of acres in southeastern Minnesota, along with a group of landowners sued the county. The landowners contend the 2016 ordinance violates their rights by singling out sand used for industrial purposes while permitting mining of sand for construction.


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