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The Kinnickinnic Town Board voted at its Sept. 3 regular meeting to add a six-month extension beginning Nov. 1 to the current moratorium on frac-sand mining.

Town board Chairman Jerry Olson said the extension gives the board more time to get its permanent Nonmetalic Mining Ordinance in place.

Brian O'Connor, of Preferred Sands of Minnesota, said he was concerned how the moratorium is affecting his business.

"We are betting a lot of our business because of this moratorium," he said. "We were expecting this to be lifted in December."

O'Connor said the extension would prevent his company from starting to mine in the area this spring.

Town board members also discussed having a public town meeting to address the new mining law before it's approved.

Olson expected some opposition.

"Probably 90% of the people in the town would not stand to gain from this and might perceive rightly or wrongly that they have something to lose," he said.

The Town Board will further discuss the draft of the Nonmetalic Mining Ordinance at its October meeting.

At the Sept. 3 meeting, the board also finalized details of the public meeting to discuss the proposed subdivision law at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Kinnickinnic Town Hall.

Plan Commissioner Peter Bloch will give a presentation on the proposed law, highlighting differences between the current and proposed laws.

--Beth Cedarholm, correspondent