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Goodhue County Board discusses proposed amendments to the county’s mining ordinance Thursday. Commissioners voted to approve motions banning silica sand operations within a mile of residential zones and the Mississippi River. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Goodhue County beefs up silica rules

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Less than six months after updating the county mining ordinance, Goodhue County Board voted Thursday to approve a series of amendments strengthening regulations for silica sand operations.


The amendments passed with minor dissention among the five-member board, with commissioners agreeing more rules were needed to protect residents and the environment before the county mining moratorium expires March 6.

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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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