West Central Tribune: DNR to map Kandiyohi County’s aggregate resources

EXCERPT: “Thousands of years ago, the vast majority of Minnesota was covered in ice. Glaciers from the north had crept down during the last ice age. When those glaciers melted about 10,000 years ago, they left behind a valuable resource that is used nearly every day in the modern age. ‘Where there is meltwater from glaciers is where sand and gravel was deposited,’ said Heather Arends, mineral potential manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Arends and DNR geologist Corrie Floyd recently told the Kandiyohi County Board that the DNR would be completing the aggregate resource map that was first discussed back in 2003. ‘We are a small program. Due to staffing and funding, things have gotten waylaid,’ Arends said at the Nov. 19 County Board meeting. ‘Now we have (Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources) funding and Kandiyohi County is the first county that is on our list of things to do.’ The DNR was awarded $700,000 from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources in 2018 to complete aggregate maps for Kandiyohi, Redwood, Swift and Sibley counties. Regional counties that have completed maps already include Renville, Meeker and Stearns.” FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/38BlRXe