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Mining application submitted on U of M land

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ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- Dakota Aggregates has submitted an application for a large-scale mining permit on University of Minnesota property.

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In 2011, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents chose Dakota Aggregate to mine and run related operations on approximately 1,722 acres on the western edge of its UMore Park property in Dakota County. Underneath the UMore property lies an estimated 170 million tons of sand and gravel.

The mining will provide income for the creation of a planned residential community that could bring 20,000 to 30,000 people to the area. The sustainable community will integrate environmental, socio-cultural and economic opportunities with a specific focus on innovations in renewable energy, education and lifelong learning, health and wellness, the natural environment and regional economic development.

The company hopes to start mining in 2013.

The Rosemount planning commission has scheduled two public hearings as part of the permitting process.

The planning commission will make a recommendation to the city council.

The city isn't the only regulating body Dakota Aggregates will need to get the go ahead from. Dakota County and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency also must approve the plans.

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