Police have arrested 35 people for trespassing during a protest of frack sand mining in Winona. Officers on Monday arrested 19 people at the city's commercial harbor and then responded to a sand processing plant owned by Robert Hemker along Highway 14 where another 16 people were arrested.
Winona Catholic Workers organized the protest. Spokesperson Molly Greening said their goal was to halt business operations at each site. Dan Nisbit, owner of CD Corp., which leases the commercial dock, says the protest created a distraction for workers and temporarily slowed operations at the facility.
Police Chief Paul Bostrack said those arrested were charged with trespassing. Bostrack said all on-duty police officers, including investigators, were at the harbor, along with many sheriff's deputies and the Minnesota State Patrol which helped out.