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Frac sand mining boom met with protest in Winona, Minn.

Published 03/11/2012, Grand Forks Herald

Winona has become the epicenter of a new Midwestern gold rush: frac sand mining. But as the boom spreads, from western Wisconsin to Mankato to Shakopee, it is igniting a debate over sand mining and the larger industry it serves -- the controversial oil and gas drilling practice called hydro-fracking.

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