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April 9, 2013

Before and after photos: Frac sand in Winona

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Winona County and city officials say they are not seeing the same levels of sand mining they were only a year ago. Piles of sand seen just a year ago in Winona are gone and truck traffic has diminished considerably, a result of a drop in the production of natural gas.

Read the story: Slowing frac sand industry leaves mark on SE Minn.

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An empty lot now sits where stockpiles of sand — once dubbed "Mt. Frac" — used to be a year ago near the Winona County Justice Center in Winona, Minn. (Click image to see transition) (Before photo: AP Photo/Andrew Link, Winona Daily News. After photo: Alex Kolyer for MPR)
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Another empty lot near railroad tracks in Winona, Minn. once held stockpiles of sand. (Click image to see transition) (Before photo: MPR/Elizabeth Baier. After photo: Alex Kolyer for MPR) link to this photo

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