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Land of 10,000 Lakes

mminnesotaOctober 27, 2011 – Blogging live this week from Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes. USGS reports that in the second quarter, Minnesota produced 11 million mt of aggregates, down 4.4 percent from  last year's second quarter. Minnesota has always been a strong aggregates state, so no doubt production will climb again soon.

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MSHA Reports Fatality

MSHAredOctober 24, 2011 – MSHA is reporting that a 32 year-old plant operator with 10 years of experience was killed at a sand and gravel operation. The victim was changing a screen in the plant when he fell approximately 56 ft. to the ground below. He was standing on a steel rail that had been placed between the midrail of the protective rail surrounding the screen deck work platform and the screen structure.

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Tennessee Dreamin'

tennesseeOctober 20, 2011 – Blogging live from beautiful Tennessee this week. Autumn is in full bloom here, which makes my trip a thing of beauty on multiple levels. According to USGS, 11.5 million tons of aggregate was produced in this state in the second quarter of 2011, a 20.5 percent decrease over last year's second quarter.

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Sentinels of Safety Announced

SentinelsHPOctober 18, 2011 – MSHA announced its 2010 Sentinels of Safety award winners. The Sentinels of Safety Awards recognize mining operations in various categories that record the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. The Large Quarry Group Winner was Three Rivers Quarry, Martin Marietta Materials Inc., Smithland, Ken., with 143,158 hours worked.

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NIMBY up North – With Food and Music

foodstock_posterOctober 14, 2011 – Plans to create a quarry operation on 2,300 acres of potato farm land in Melancthon Township, Ontario, Canada, have run into the obligatory NIMBY roadblocks, and this weekend, a lot of people may get a chance to stand in solidarity with the community activists. Foodstock, a massive outdoor concert and food celebration will take place this Sunday, Oct. 16th, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Honeywood, Ontario.

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