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Minn. Court of Appeals hears Winona's frac sand mining ban

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 47) -

Winona County's contentious frac sand mining ban is once again up for debate in the courtroom, this time at the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

Last November, a district court ruled in favor of the ban, which ended fracking of silica sand. It was a huge legal victory for environmentalists, who had protested the practice for years. But pro-mining landowners argue that the ban doesn't provide equal protection, since it allows others to mine the sand for other uses. 

A three-judge panel will hear oral arguments Thursday morning in St. Paul as this ongoing saga continues, with passionate voices on both sides. 

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