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A bird's eye view of the Downing Quarry. High quality frac sand can be seen in the lower center of the photo. The ridge on the left in the distance has been reclaimed per St. Croix County ordinance.

Frac sand: The magic mineral

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Rural Wisconsin is a mix of woods and water, farmscape and small towns -- a landscape that is central to why so many choose to live here.

Frac sand mining is changing the face of this landscape physically, economically, politically and permanently.

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