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Aug. 24, 2016 – According to the latest market report published by Persistence Market Research, the global construction aggregates market is anticipated to witness a year-over-year growth of 6.3 percent...
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Prime-Time Products

At MINExpo 2016, Sandvik will showcase the latest in its portfolio of equipment and services, ranging from a single drill bit to mine automation, at Central Hall booth C-7309.
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Manufacturers in Focus

Caterpillar Underground Mining Pty, Ltd. (CUGM) has acquired the intellectual property of underground articulated truck designs from Ground Force Worldwide. This agreement will provide Caterpillar with additional design options in...
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People on the Move

On July 22, Mellott Company honored three long-term employees for their many years of service: Loren Leese, 40 years; Rodney Divelbliss, 38 years; and Paul Beegle, 30 years.
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Rock Stars

Neal S. Berke, Ph.D., vice president of research at Tourney Consulting Group LLC in Kalamazoo, Mich., has received the Frank E. Richart Award from ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete...
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Distributor News

Sandvik announced Ketchikan, Alaska-headquartered Tyler Rental Inc. [www.tylerrental.com] as its new distributor for surface and rotary drill rigs, rock tools, load & haul and mobile crushing & screening equipment throughout southeast Alaska. The dealer will not only be supplying a...
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Resource Center

Review Process for Frac Sand Plants Being Discussed


The Buffalo County Land Resources Department is drafting guidelines to help towns review proposed frac sand mining projects, according to the Winona Daily News. The guidelines are the next step toward allowing towns to have direct input on proposals in their jurisdiction, a plan the county included in its updated frac sand regulations earlier this year.

Towns now have advisory say in approving or denying applications. While town boards are in charge of running their own meetings and review processes, a guide created by land resources is intended to help address common issues and questions that arise, particularly because the land resources staff has limited resources.

Staff participation at town board meetings would be limited to the first review of an application, mostly to answer questions and provide general information.

Zoning technician Peter Stoltman said land resources should play a limited role in mining permit reviews at the town level.