Sand mine approved in Trempealeau County

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WHITEHALL, Wis. (WEAU) -- A sand mine is going up in Trempealeau County south of Whitehall.

It was approved Thursday by the County Environment and Land Use Committee, and is the largest sand mine for permitted acreage in Trempealeau County.

Bonnie Kindschy has lived in this house of off Highway 53 since 1970.

Now changes are planned for the landscape across the highway.

That’s where Michigan-based Sand Products Wisconsin was just granted permission to build a sand mine.

“I would rather have it not happen, but it was inevitable that it was going to happen, so we’ll just make the best of it,” said Bonnie Kindschy.

Tom Bice, who’s a Trempealeau County Board Supervisor, wouldn’t go on camera, but said the sand mine will be about 250 acres.

He also said the sand mine poses limited danger to the public, because the county has an active mining ordinance.

“It’s progress and you know you can’t stop progress. It will be good in some ways for the county,” said Kindschy.

Kindschy said she isn’t going to fight the county.
She believes it wouldn’t accomplish anything.
But she also has no plans to move.

“We’ve had a lot of cooperation with the owners. They’re here to be good neighbors and still do what they have to do.”

Construction could start this summer or sooner.

The county said there’s no word yet on how many jobs the sand mine could create.

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