WINONA, Minn. - Winona County commissioners have approved a conditional use permit for the first frack sand mine in the southeastern Minnesota county.
Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to grant a permit for the proposed mine south of Utica.
KAGE Radio reports the board rejected a motion to suspend action on the permit until after a state appeals court can hear a citizens' appeal of an earlier board decision to not require a full environmental review.
The initial application for the 20-acre mine in Saratoga Township was denied after the county imposed a moratorium on frack sand mining in 2012. A second application was submitted after the moratorium expired.
County commissioners voted in April to pass on an intensive environmental review sought by some residents.
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