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Once booming, sand mines shuttered

Nov 19, 2020 at 10:03 AM CST

Frac sand mining has proven to be a boom and bust industry in Trempealeau County. From creating scores of jobs and bringing in millions in revenues to idling plants — local frac sand companies’ fortunes have fluctuated with oil prices and competition. Since the pandemic crushed global demand for oil, the industry has been at one of its lowest points.