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P-B digs into sand mining

The Red Wing and Lake City city councils have passed resolutions calling for a one-year moratorium on the mining of silica sand. Hay Creek and Florence townships in Goodhue County have done the same, and the Goodhue County Board will take up the matter on Sept. 6.

What's the concern about silica sand mining ? And what exactly is silica sand, the substance that is causing concern in Goodhue County, yet is being mined elsewhere in the area with little controversy?

On Tuesday, the Post-Bulletin Dialogues community meeting will explore the issue and bring together people from around the area who have questions and answers, led by Managing Editor Jay Furst. The free, informal discussion is from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rochester Public Library, which co-sponsors the Dialogues series.

Got a question and can't attend? Call Jay at 285-7742 or send an e-mail to furst@postbulletin.com.

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