Grains of Sand
Thu Oct 31, 2013 11:16 AM CDT

Jane and Louis "Junior" Sonnentag's 50-cow dairy farm, near Bloomer, Wis., lies more than 500 miles to the east of North Dakota's fabled Bakken Oil Fields. But the energy production boom in the Northern Plains and other parts of the U.S. is bringing change to the Sonnentags' lives and those of many others in the Badger State.


Sand is the connection. The Sonnentags' farm is located in a region rich with deposits of crystalline silica sand, a key component of the hydraulic-fracturing (fracking) process driving the current energy production boom. A ...

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