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By Emily Bialkowski Caledonia Argus   A long-awaited opinion on the county’s ability to ban frac sand mining was delivered April 8. In a letter addressed to Environmental Services Director Rick Frank, Houston County’s attorney, Jay Squires, wrote: “Based on my review of the law, and in short, if Houston County adopts an ordinance banning [...]

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By Emily Bialkowski Caledonia Argus   The Houston County Board continues to struggle with the need to address frac sand issues and is waiting for a meeting with its land use attorney, Jay Squires, to finalize intentions on either drafting a ban or drafting restrictive regulations on the industry. The public continues to press the [...]

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By Emily Bialkowski Caledonia Argus   The Houston County Board voted March 25 to create a second frac sand study committee. The first frac sand study committee is  drafting an ordinance to regulate any  industrial-scale mining of sand. This second committee – a recommendation made by Commissioner Justin Zmyewski – will set out with the [...]

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By Emily Bialkowski Caledonia Argus   Houston County Board meetings will soon be available for viewing on the county’s website, www.co.houston.mn.us. The board agreed to spend close to $5,900 on purchasing and installing video recording equipment during its March 18 meeting. Most board members agreed that taping and posting meetings will add another level of [...]

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