Winona Co. votes to ban frac sand

Officials in Winona County are voting to ban the mining, processing, and transporting of frac sand.

The Winona County Board of Commissioners voted 3-to-2 in favor of the ban at a meeting Tuesday night.

The county-wide ban had been discussed for about a year and was recently supported by nearly four dozen Winona-area businesses and other groups.

Those in favor of a ban have said they were concerned with possible health effects and potential damage to the agriculture industry.