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Although a mining moratorium remains in place in Goodhue County, an open-pit silica mine is operational just across the border near Hager City. -- photo by Michael Brun/Republican Eagle

A bird's-eye view of mining

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While debate over mining policy continues in St. Paul, Sen. Matt Schmit chartered flights out of Red Wing Regional Airport Friday for reporters to get a bird's-eye view of the impact frac sand mines are having across the river in Wisconsin.

The roughly hourlong flight, piloted by Jim McIlrath from Frontenac in his homemade, single-engine plane, toured more than a dozen mines dotting the Wisconsin countryside around Menomonie and Eau Claire.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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