One of the Twin Cities is getting new snow plows and new leadership after last week’s snowstorm. Five days since the snow started falling, streets in Minneapolis and St. Paul are still caked in slippery ice. Extremely cold temperatures haven’t helped. Salt can melt five times as much ice at 30 degrees as at 20 degrees. However, when it’s colder than that, it’s pretty much useless. But St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman isn’t waiting for a warm-up. He’s making changes in his public works department.
One child is dead, two others are injured and another is missing after a hillside gave way Wednesday during a fourth grade field trip at a St. Paul park, according to Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard. In a press conference, authorities said that multiple crews continue to search the area for the missing child.
In St Charles, Minn., a sand production company is trying to build a plant on 300 acres of land, and residents there are afraid it will ruin their way of life.
For the third day this week we go to visit the small town of St. Charles, Minn., the latest Midwestern spot at the center of the silica sand mining debate. A proposal to bring a sand mine to St. Charles – and mine sand to use in fracking operations – is being hotly debated.
In part two of our special series, Susie Jones shares a story from St. Charles, Minn.
With the oil boom in North Dakota and demand for domestic oil growing, there’s a need for silica sand that’s used to drill for the oil.
Critics of a booming silica sand mining industry will ask lawmakers to hit the pause button Tuesday when the Minnesota Legislature holds its first-ever hearing on a subject that has so far been left up to local governments.
The mayor of Red Wing has been hired to promote the region’s growing frack sand industry, raising questions from some citizens about whether he can balance his community’s interests with his new employer’s.
Let’s hope the roads are better after Wednesday night’s snowstorm than they were after the last one.
An official with an oil exploration company that wanted to mine a special kind of sand in southeastern Minnesota expressed disappointment Wednesday about a vote by a county board for a one-year moratorium while it studies the potential environmental, health and financial impacts.
As people prepare for what could be a slippery weekend, homeowners are looking for the best way to get rid of the ice on their steps and sidewalks.