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February 18, 2013

Gravel mine proposed for southwest of Courtland

COURTLAND — A gravel mine has been proposed for 38 acres of land about two miles southwest of Courtland.

The pit was mined in the ’30s and ’40s but sat vacant after that, said Mandy Landkamer, environmental services director for Nicollet County.

She said managing water runoff and minimizing traffic conflicts are among the most important factors regulators examine before granting a gravel-mining permit.

The applicant, Brian Thompson of Nicollet, worked with the local Soil and Water Conservation District to limit impacts to the Minnesota River, which is more than 1,000 feet south of the proposed site. An erosion plan will help ensure rock and dirt aren’t carried into the river by the mining operation.

The mine’s main access is on County Road 25, to the north of the site.

The Nicollet County Planning and Zoning Commission will review the request during its Feb. 25 meeting, at 7:45 p.m. in the Nicollet County Government Center. Nicollet County staff is recommending a series of conditions be placed on the mine, including that it get a permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

If approved, this would be the county’s 13th gravel mine. Landkamer said it’s of an average size for mines in this part of the county.

It would be the county’s 13th such mine.

The Free Press was unable to reach the applicant.

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