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Goodhue County beefs up silica sand rules

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RED WING -- Less than six months after updating the county mining ordinance, the Goodhue County Board voted Thursday to approve a series of amendments strengthening regulations for silica sand operations.

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The amendments passed with minor dissention among the five-member board, with commissioners agreeing that more rules were needed to protect residents and the environment before the county mining moratorium expires March 6.

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