About Us

The Minnesota Industrial Sand Council (MISC) was formed in late 2012 to share information and address local government and public concerns about industrial sand mining.

MISC member companies have been operating safe aggregate or industrial sand mines for a combined 255 years in Minnesota. Several of our companies are 3rd or 4th generation-owned. We take pride in providing good paying union and non-union jobs.

Our members work with communities to ensure our operations fully meet or exceed all applicable regulations and standards. One of our members, Jordan Sands, serves on the new silica sand advisory panel set up by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Minnesota communities have been permitting mining operations for more than 100 years. This process ensures that the environment, drinking and groundwater, and sensitive habitats are protected, as is the health of workers and residents. Our members participate willingly in this permitting process because we believe we are a part of the fabric of the communities we operate in.

Meetings, Press releases, reports

2015 sand council photo

Members and friends of the Minnesota Sand Council on a mine tour in 2014. At the end of 2014, there were eight industrial sand mining or processing operations in Minnesota.

Industrial Sand in the News

Study shows sand mine air quality is safe - Dunn County News.

Not just garbage landfills anymore, quarries becoming parks, villages, retail spots - Mankato Free Press

Stockton project mingles mining, flood control - Winona Post

Cooperation lauded in water study related to sand mining - Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Houston County commissioners reject frac-sand ban - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Banning Industrial Sand Mining Would Be a Mistake - Heartland Insitute

Proposed frac sand mining operation could be biggest in Minnesota - Forum News Service

Frac sand study: Lots of scare, little science - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MPCA: Monitoring shows silica sand not a concern in Winona- Winona Daily News