A rural Cochrane man opposed to sand mining in Buffalo County has accused Buffalo County Board Chairman Del Twidt of showing favoritism to mining interests. Gary LeMasters claimed Twidt was interfering in mining permit decisions and should be removed from the process.
LeMasters, one of three applicants that recently sought appointment to a vacancy on the county board of adjustment, says Twidt should step aside. LeMasters claimed Twidt was helping Glacier Sands, a mining development company from Menomonie, Wis., to obtain operating permits in Buffalo County.
LeMasters raised allegations in a letter read to county zoning officials at a meeting July 18th. He asked the zoning committee to investigate Twidt and prevent him from having any further involvement in board of adjustment or other zoning issues.
The county's four member zoning committee has not responded to LeMasters charges.