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Is Winona jumping the gun on trying to keep the frac sand industry in line?
Just two weeks after a sand mining moratorium expired in Winona, the city planning commission is talking about doing its own monitoring of air quality at mining sites. Assistant city planner Carlos Espinosa says a special study group may have to decide whether monitoring should be done by the state, instead of the city. The Winona City Council may have the final decision on that proposal. Espinosa tells us that Chippewa Falls already has a monitoring system in place, which has shown little air pollution because of sand mining.
Outdoor tennis courts all over the area will be busy soon, and a popular site in Onalaska is due for a fix-up...
Tuesday was the bidding deadline for contractors who want to remodel the Gullikson courts in Rowe Park. Onalaska city parks director Dan Wick says the demand for those courts is high. Part of the proposed makeover would include better spectator seating in the hilly park. The nearly 20-year-old courts are named in honor of Onalaska's famous twin tennis pros, Tim and Tom Gullikson.
Senator Kathleen Vinehout will release a 5-point plan today to improve property owners right to know regarding frac sand mines.
Vinehout's proposals will give adjacent property owners advance notice and the opportunity to be involved in local decisions. Mine owners will protect themselves by having more opportunity to interact with the community and address concerns from neighbors. She says local government will benefit by having a more transparent public process where the interests of all stakeholders are considered.
Vinehout introduces her bills today.
16 minority students from Logan and Central High Schools are set to graduate