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Red Wing mayor to resign, continue as frac sand lobbyist

RED WING, Minn. (AP) -

The mayor of Red Wing says he will resign amid public pressure over his second job as a frac sand lobbyist.

The Star Tribune reported Sunday that Mayor Dennis Egan said he could have legally continued on as mayor while he worked as the executive director of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council; however, he said he'll resign April 1 because his second job had become a distraction.

Red Wing City Council member Peggy Rehder says a special election for Egan's replacement will be discussed Monday.

The City Council will also drop its plan to investigate Egan's business dealings with the frac sand industry.

Red Wing is in frac sand territory. Demand for silica sand is high because it's used in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," that produces oil and gas.

 

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