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Sand company plans new underground mine

MAIDEN ROCK--Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company (WISC) has announced plans to build a new underground industrial sand mine in the Towns of Diamond Bluff and Oak Grove, and a new mineral processing facility in the nearby Town of Trenton.

The company has filed conditional use permit application with the towns, and plans to hold an informational meeting next Tuesday with members of the community to share plans for the new mine and mineral processing facility.

The new underground mine and mineral processing facility together are expected to employ 52 workers and generate $4.7 million a year in the region through salaries and benefits to employees. Several more million per year will result from money spent for inputs, goods and services.

The proposed underground mine will include permitting for approximately 2,900 acres, including properties in the Towns of Diamond Bluff and Oak Grove. The site is bordered on the south by the Mississippi River and straddles Hwy. 35, roughly between 1050th Street to the north and 1005th Street to the south. The site is a combination of properties leased from 10 landowners and is now primarily used for agriculture.

The underground mine will be approximately 200 feet below the surface of the property. The mining activities will not affect the current agricultural use of the land's surface, nor will it impact surface activities or operations of residents or businesses.

For more please read the April 25 print version of the Herald.