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Jody McIlrath of Goodhue County tells a state commission Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, that she would like it to pass a strongly worded anti-silica sand mining resolution. The one that passed was not as strong as she wanted. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

River Road panel asks local governments to follow sand mining rules

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ST. PAUL — A Minnesota commission designated to oversee the Great River Road is sending a message to local governments asking that they consider the impact of silica sand mining.


The Mississippi River Parkway Commission voted unanimously Thursday to encourage strict adherence to laws and rules that regulate silica sand mining and related activities. It rejected a suggestion by sand mining opponents that was more strongly worded against mining.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.