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Don Felton, second left, led a tour of the rock outcrop area proposed to be mined and was joined by fellow property owners near it. From left: Gayle May, Kathy Longhenry and her sister Nancy Aune. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Quarry proposal opens mining debate on the edge of Minnesota's western boundary waters


Western Minnesota has its own version of the mining debate taking shape on the edge of the Boundary Waters. Can we allow mining and still protect what remains of a unique and endangered natural environment?

This debate is taking place on the edge of the Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge between Ortonville and Odessa. Strata Corporation of Grand Forks, N.D., is proposing to develop a 104-acre quarry on scenic rock outcrops.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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