Scenic state highway 16 has a new neighbor, Minnesota Sands LLC has leased the existing sand mine on Tracie and Michelle Erickson’s property at 23148 State 16 and plans to haul out two million cubic yards of sand before year-end.
Our attention is currently focused on the potential threat that industrial-scale sand mining poses to our area. We must not forget however, the "big picture." What kind of future do we want to create for ourselves and our children?
Conserving energy and producing energy in many different, non-extractive ways can undergird a lasting economy appropriate to Houston County. Looking toward the future instead of the past and building on what’s already been started by local people can provide more jobs for local people instead of relying on what outsiders are willing to offer.
Based on records received from the Houston County Zoning and Planning Department, this is the Bonanza Grain Inc. Quarry. It is located one mile west of Caledonia, MN. It is one of approximately 120 permitted/existing "construction/aggregate" mines in Houston County.
Crawford Stewardship Project
Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford county and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources.
Talk to your families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers about industrial scale mining in Houston County. Share with them links to our website and encourage them to learn more about the dangers that industrial-scale mining pose to our area.
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