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Plan to haul river sand through Pierce County town criticized

A sign indicates some of the feelings in Diamond Bluff against the proposal. Photo by Mike Longaecker - Red Wing Republican-Eagle.

DIAMOND BLUFF--The route from the river to its final resting place for a stockpile of sand goes through Diamond Bluff.

Right through the heart of a residential neighborhood, in fact, and that's what has many residents of the Southern Pierce County community concerned. Approximately 70 people attended a town board meeting Thursday, where plans for the sand's relocation were debated.

At issue was the potential for contaminated groundwater and hazards posed by temporary storage and any spillage during the hauling project, but especially the truck traffic to be involved. Board members said a verbal go-ahead has already been given; opponents want the decision to proceed rescinded before there's a signed agreement.

No conclusive action was taken at the meeting.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Jan. 20.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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