A silica sand mining project had cleared its last local hurdle in Mankato. The Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for Jordan Sands, an affiliate of Coughlan Companies, which is planning to mine 70 acres and use another 40 acres just north of the city for processing the sand.
The grant from federal Economic Development Agency is $9.8 million and it's going to be used to raise Highway 169 between Mankato and Saint Peter. Officials are hoping to keep that stretch from flooding again after seven floods in the past 20 years, including 2010 and 2011.
A Minnesota man made a tearful plea for leniency before a judge sentenced him to just over four years in prison for a crash that killed two people, including a woman with whom he allegedly was having sex while driving.
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