Local officials dealing themselves a piece of frac sand boom

  • Article by: TONY KENNEDY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 26, 2012 - 3:43 PM

In a desperate effort to prevent foreclosure on his parents' farm, Kyle Slaby applied to his local township board last year for permission to mine frac sand. He dreamed of erasing more than $600,000 in debt and getting rich from deposits of high-grade crystalline silica, which is in hot demand because of the national boom in hydro-fracking for oil and gas.

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