Frack Sand Protester Trial

Jury selection began Monday in Winona District Court for 35 protesters who were arrested last spring for tresspassing on two Winona frack sand loading and processing facilities in Winona.

The 35 were arrested on April 29th, when they refused to leave the facilities, one in the commercial harbor where barges were being loaded, and the other a processing facility owned by Winonan Robert Hemker near Highway 14.

The protests were staged by the group Catholic Workers from the Midwest and the result was the halting of both operations for a few hours.

Well over one hundred people demonstrated their opposition to the frack industry.

The protesters are being represented by Winona Attorney Richmond McCluer.

he trial on the misdemeanor tresspassing charges is expected to last three days.

The case is being heard by Judge Jeffrey Thompson who was appointed to hear the case after Judge Mary Leahy recused  herself from the case.....         

                  Security at the Winona County Courthouse was tight with everyone, including news meda representatives, being wanded by sheriff's deputies at the front enterence..

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