Minnesota

Minnesota Sand takes mining ban

to Supreme Court

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A sand mining company is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to review an appeals ruling that upheld Winona County’s ban on mining frack sand.

Minnesota Sands, which filed a petition with the high court Thursday, has argued the county’s ban is unconstitutional because it singles out sand used for industrial purposes, while allowing mining for local construction uses. The sand is used to fracture shale rock in order to extract oil and natural gas.

The Winona County Board passed the ban in November 2016. The board has allowed mining to continue for construction sand, a cheaper, less pure material used on roadways and for other commercial purposes.

A Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected a lawsuit filed by Minnesota Sand and a group of landowners in July.

Minnesota House candidate

calls himself N-word in ad

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man running for a rural Minnesota House seat has posted a campaign video that uses a racial slur.

Kyle Greene, who identifies himself as of mixed race, is running as an independent for a central Minnesota district. He posted the video to his campaign Facebook page and website last week.

Greene concludes the 30-second spot by saying: “I want to be your state representative, I want to be your public servant and I want to be your (N-word).” He tells the Star Tribune that he used the word because it’s part of American history and he wants voters to focus on real issues.

Greene identifies himself as African-American, white and Cherokee Indian.

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