Superior Silica Sands

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like Superior Silica Sands was planning to close on acreage in North Branch’s ESSBY Business Park on which it wants to build a trans-loading station for frac sand, but the permit process for the proposed facility has stuck a wrench in the gears of that plan. The city [...]

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To the editor It is my understanding that there was another proposal on the table besides the one by Superior Silica Sands. Chisago County HRA/EDA was willing to purchase that piece of property outright, market it and sell it. No worry about silica sand in the air, no excess traffic, less wear and tear on [...]

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To the editor So here’s where my nightmare begins. I recently returned home from Tioga, North Dakota, where I worked for two years in the oil fields. I came back to North Branch to enjoy a safe and quiet life. With property values returning, and jobs more plentiful, things were looking good until I heard [...]

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With the possibility alive again of a Superior Silica Sands frac sand trans-loading station coming to North Branch’s ESSBY Business Park, county officials have decided a traffic study needs to be conducted to determine the potential impacts of truck traffic related to the business. County Engineer Joe Triplett said the county is researching three possible [...]

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To the editor It may not be skullduggery, but it feels that way. Our city council and mayor want to solve the city’s debt problem that will require a huge balloon payment soon. They ask: Who will save us from the indebtedness that  previous councils, mayors and city planners brought upon us when they foolishly [...]

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To the editor If the council is so set on going against the majority that has objections to the silica sand project, then let it be put on a referendum so we can decide our futures.  You are compounding a mistake on the ESSBY project by rushing in with another. There is a disease called [...]

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