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The Goodhue County Board looks on as audience members stand up holding signs with reasons to ban silica sand mining in the county. Nearly a hundred citizens attended Tuesday's public hearing, expressing overwhelming support to extend the mining moratorium. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

Mining ban gets 6-month extension


Silica sand mining in Goodhue County will have to hold off for at least another six months.

County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the county's mining moratorium for an additional 180 days past its Sept. 6 end date, eliciting a round of applause from an impassioned crowd of close to a hundred area residents gathered in the Government Center.

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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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