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Comprehensive Review of Minnesota Frac Sand Mining Requested


Tue, Sep 17th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

No Permits to be Issued Until Analysis is Complete



John Michaelson



ST. PAUL, Minn. - Residents of southeast Minnesota are pushing for a comprehensive review of the possible impacts of what would be one of the largest frack sand mining operations in the state. A company known as Minnesota Sands is proposing at least 11 mines in Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties. The sand, mixed with water and chemicals, is pumped into rock deep underground in the process of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas drilling.



The proposed development has led dozens of residents to weigh in, and according to Johanna Rupprecht, policy organizer with the Land Stewardship Project, one of the big concerns is air quality.



"Both the crystal and silica dust that's generated from the frack sand mining process, also diesel exhaust from trucking, is another major concern," she said. "A lot of concern about water issues. Groundwater systems are already very fragile and the potential for industrial-scale mining could basically make that worse."



Those concerns, along with those on land value, transportation, the economy, and quality of life have been summarized in a new report from the Land Stewardship Project.



Rupprecht said they'll present the report on Wednesday to the Environmental Quality Board, which is the body in charge of carrying out the Environmental Impact Statement that's required before any permits are issued.



"They have not yet come out with any of their own draft documents on what they say should be studied, so we're just saying that people need to have a strong say on this from the beginning," Rupprecht remarked. "It's the local people who are going to be impacted who really need to have a say on what needs to be studied."



Governor Mark Dayton has said he supports a ban on frack sand mining and processing in southeast Minnesota, and is willing to try to pass such a ban through the Legislature.



More information is at: http://landstewardshipproject.org/posts/491

2014 annual Trout Fishing Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The public is invited to join in on some fishing fun at the Preston Trailhead Park on Saturday, September 14. The National Trout Center and the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter are co-sponsoring the event which offers a variety of afternoon outdoor ..... 
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Accessing clean water funds for your conservation projects

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

On September 3, 2013, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced that local governments can apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities. The grant application period is open until October 4, 2013. ..... 
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Volunteers Needed for “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup”

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

WINONA, Minn. (FWS) – The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Winona District, Friends of the Refuge Headwaters, and Mississippi River Revival will host a river cleanup as part of the “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup ..... 
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Hog roast & trout fishing activities

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Hiawatha Trout Unlimited and the National Trout Center have partnered to offer a variety of afternoon outdoor activities, ending with a hog roast dinner in the evening. The public is invited to attend the September 14 event taking place at the Prest ..... 
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World’s oldest-known wild black bear dies at 39

Tue, Aug 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in northern Minnesota at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Known to DNR researchers as Bear No. 56, the female American black bear was first ..... 
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Autumn Tractor Ride

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Take a two-day autumn Tractor Ride through beautiful Bluff Country. The ride will be held on Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. The round-about ride will start and end each day at the Fillmore County Fairgrounds, Preston, Minn. The ..... 
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Deer Antler Scoring Demonstration

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

7 p.m. Saturday, August 24 Houston Nature Center Have you shot a nice buck but don’t know how it compares to the record books? Join official measurer Craig Pierce from Lewiston, Minn. to see how a rack is properly scored. This program is a demo ..... 
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Star Party August 17

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

A good look at the night sky above you can be a humbling yet exciting experience when you realize just how much more is out there beyond our own little planet. Join the good folks of the La Crosse Area Astronomical Society with their BIG telescopes ..... 
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