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Aug 3, 2016 – Dolese Bros. Co. knows a little something about community outreach. The company donated to the Comanche County, Okla., Sheriff’s Office initiative for the National Child Safety...
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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

The Stedman Machine Co. expanded its testing and toll-processing facility with two horizontal-shaft impactors and a vertical roller mill fine grinding system. Other full-size equipment includes cage mills, vertical shaft...
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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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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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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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Permit Approval Raises Eyebrows


The Town of Bridgeport, Minn.'s decision to approve two permits for a controversial frac sand mine had conflict-of-interest issues, including those involving two Planning Commission members who had family working for the mining company at the time of their vote, according to a lawsuit.

The complaint was filed in Crawford County Circuit Court a day before the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board is expected to vote on whether to issue a permit for a frac sand mine, which would be located near the Iowa border a few miles east of the Mississippi River, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Plans for the frac sand mine are controversial because of its location partially on land that is protected for its natural beauty.

There are about 100 frac sand mines in the state. Sand in Wisconsin is used in hydraulic fracturing in other parts of the nation and world to obtain natural gas.
Some members of the Riverway Board said in a memo the mine was a bad idea but that a "loophole" in state law might require the board to approve the permit.

The lawsuit alleges Bridgeport Planning Commission members had conflicts: Linda Smrcina's son-in-law and Troy Smrcina's brother-in-law worked for the mining company when they voted on the permit. That information was not made public at the time of the vote, the filing said.

The lawsuit asks for the court to void the two permits granted by the town. An environmental organization, the Crawford Stewardship Project, and neighbors of the mine site filed the suit.

Mark Cupp, executive director of the Riverway Board, said the lawsuit should not change the board's decision-making process. The lawsuit also says zoning ordinances were violated because the town did not consider potential ill effects from the mine.