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Bonita Underbakke says she worries silica sand mining will threaten a thriving tourism industry in Lanesboro, Minn., where she lives. Underbakke was one of at least 50 protesters outside a silica sand industry conference Monday.

Conference draws 50 silica sand mining protestors

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- More than 50 people gathered Monday to protest frac sand mining outside a conference on the silica sand resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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"This is total destruction," said Red Wing resident Kathleen Bibus. "We know the chemicals they use will contaminate the groundwater. We know the dust causes silicosis."

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