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Granite company draining nearly 5 million gallons from quarry to assist in search for body

Aug 13, 2015

Granite company draining nearly 5 million gallons from quarry to assist in search for body

Upwards of 4.7 million gallons of water is being drained from a quarry in Minnesota with the help of a granite company in an attempt to find the body of a missing man. According to the St. Cloud Times, the Stearns County ...

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Historical aggregate landmark disappears into Lake Superior

Mar 04, 2015

Historical aggregate landmark disappears into Lake Superior

A piece of Minnesota’s mining history has disappeared beneath the waves of Lake Superior. The waterfront landmark in Duluth, a column that was one of several supports for a trestle used to unload sand and gravel barges a century ago, ...

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Minnesota county considers a frac-sand mining ban

Feb 24, 2015

Minnesota county considers a frac-sand mining ban

Houston County may become the first county in Minnesota to adopt a permanent ban on frac-sand mining. The StarTribune reports that the Houston County Board adopted the ordinance last week in a preliminary vote of 5-0 following a three-hour public ...

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Gravel mine in Minnesota to operate 24/7

Jan 08, 2015

Gravel mine in Minnesota to operate 24/7

  Dakota Aggregates has received permission to run its UMore Park operation in Rosemount, Minnesota, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, due to increasing demand. As reported by the StarTribune, the gravel mine is located on land owned by the University of Minnesota, ...

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Don’t drink and drive…that includes your wheel loader!

Nov 21, 2014

Don’t drink and drive…that includes your wheel loader!

  I’m not sure what’s more disconcerting about this story, that this guy has access to a wheel loader in the first place or that he’s likely operated it more than a few times while intoxicated. According to a report from CBS ...

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Minnesota suffering from cement shortage

Nov 03, 2014

Minnesota suffering from cement shortage

Construction projects in Minnesota are struggling to get done in a timely manner due to a cement shortage. CBS Minnesota reports the shortage is due to flooding from the spring, and some problems at cement plants down south. "We have a problem ...

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Aggregates production increases in second quarter

Sep 09, 2014

Aggregates production increases in second quarter

Aggregates production in the United States was up eight percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to last year. During the first six months of 2014 an estimated 961 Mt of aggregates was produced, up seven percent from the ...

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When gravel doesn’t bond with resurfacing substance…

Aug 28, 2014

When gravel doesn’t bond with resurfacing substance…

  Drivers headed west on Highway 19 near Northfield, Minnesota, found an unpleasant surprise on their vehicles. Commuters saw signs warning of road construction, but didn't think anything of it until they exited their vehicles after reaching their destination. That's when ...

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Sand mine shut down by DNR

Aug 15, 2014

Sand mine shut down by DNR

Erickson Mine in Houston County, Minnesota, has been shut down until it obtains the proper permit to operate near a trout stream. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hand-delivered a letter to the operators informing them of the shut down order. “It’s not ...

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Proposed mine in Minnesota earns permit recommendation

Mar 19, 2014

Proposed mine in Minnesota earns permit recommendation

The Renville County Planning Commission in Minnesota has recommended granting an interim use permit to Duinick Inc. for a proposed hard rock mine in Prinsburg, Minnesota, Prairie Business reports. The proposed mine would sit on a 39.5-acre site. The county’s Board of ...

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Former quarry serves as adventurous ice-climbing attraction

Feb 10, 2014

Former quarry serves as adventurous ice-climbing attraction

A former quarry in Minnesota recently served as a facility where the adventurous can climb giant mounds of ice. The Sandstone Ice Festival, held every December for the past nine years at former sandstone quarry Robinson Park, allows residents and visitors ...

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Martin Marietta wins planning commission approval for increased granite production in Minnesota

Jan 22, 2014

Martin Marietta wins planning commission approval for increased granite production in Minnesota

Martin Marietta Materials is one step closer to doubling its granite production in Minnesota. During a meeting Tuesday night, the Waite Park Planning Commission in Waite Park, Minnesota, decided to recommend the City Council amend the conditional use permits for two ...

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