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Silica sand mine moratorium unanimously approved

Goodhue County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a moratorium preventing the issuance of any conditional use permits for silica sand mine operations in the county for up to a year.

Citizen group Save the Bluffs has been working toward getting the moratorium in place for months, and received letters of support from the cities of Red Wing and Lake City, as well as Florence, Hay Creek and Featherstone townships.

But the final decision was in the hands of the Goodhue County Commissioners, and concerned citizens got the ultimate support they were after.

"I really wanted this to be the outcome and I'm very pleased that they voted to support the moratorium," Save the Bluffs member Lorrie Sonnek said.

Look for more details about the moratorium approval in the Saturday, Sept. 10, edition of the Republican Eagle.