Guilty frac sand protesters say they won't pay fines in Winona

  • Article by: Curt Brown , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2014 - 8:16 PM

A Winona County jury found 20 protesters guilty of trespassing, but some said they won’t pay restitution.

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jarlmnFeb. 7, 14 9:24 PM

Give 'em each a sand shovel (or snow shovel) and they can work off their fine. It's dandy and all to protest for what your believe, ok? But then be adults and deal forthrightly and honestly with the consequences of your actions when they involve trespassing or vandalism. Put your money where your mouth is, so-to-speak!

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ruphinaFeb. 7, 14 9:38 PM

Just seize their property and auction it off. Bill G.

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freedumb86Feb. 7, 1410:08 PM

I salute thee! Thank you protesters!

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tituspulloFeb. 7, 1410:24 PM

jarlmnFeb. 7, 14 9:24 PM Give 'em each a sand shovel (or snow shovel) and they can work off their fine. It's dandy and all to protest for what your believe, ok? But then be adults and deal forthrightly and honestly with the consequences of your actions when they involve trespassing or vandalism. Put your money where your mouth is, so-to-speak!____________You first...start by pointing out where in this article it states that any of the protesters were charged with vandalism.

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localguyFeb. 8, 14 7:49 AM

The sandstone bluffs around Winona are magnificent. It would be a shame to see them destroyed for commercial purposes. I'm all for energy self-sufficiency, but not if it means losing our natural wonders. The frac sand miners should find another source. We need to take the long term view, which our society rarely does.

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antisuburbsFeb. 8, 1410:19 AM

@jarlmn so then why aren't the sand mining companies being charged for vandalizing our wilderness?

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la55122Feb. 8, 14 6:23 PM

Methinks the judge might well need to consider career plans after the next election. The protestors were merely expressing what many other residents feel about the fracking sand issue.

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