May 2, 2012 at 6:52 am
ORTONVILLE, MN (AP) - Over the opposition of people living in the area, the
Big Stone County board has unanimously approved a proposed granite quarry on the
western border of Minnesota.
North Dakota-based Strata Corp. wants to use the granite as construction
aggregate for roads and other projects. A group of residents opposes the plan,
saying they fear the quarry will hurt wildlife populations, lower property
values and produce ''bothersome'' dust.
Big Stone County board member Wade Athey tells Minnesota Public Radio News
(http://bit.ly/JnCX6b) the board considered the objections, but decided Strata's
proposal satisfied county requirements.
A local township board is still trying to block the project. But Strata
officials say they believe they can get past that hurdle.
The quarry still needs state and federal permits before it can open.
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