WHITEHALL, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The La Crosse County District Attorney's office is investigating a complaint about a Trempealeau County board member.
The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reports the clash in Trempealeau County is the latest ethics controversy to surface in the region's burgeoning silica sand industry.
Trempealeau County Board Supervisor David Suchla is accused of threatening a high-level county administrator to keep silent about a business relationship that Suchla had with a large Texas-based company interested in mining silica sand in the supervisor's district for use on hydraulic fracturing.
News 19 contacted LaCrosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke who said he'll decide over the next few weeks whether to prosecute.
Suchla confirms he's in the sand business, but denies any self-dealing as a public official.
Monday night, the Trempealeau County Board plans to vote on whether to impose a moratorium on frac sand mining in the county.
WXOW's Pete Zervakis will be in Whitehall for the meeting. He'll have an update on the vote tonight on our 10pm Report and online at WXOW.com.
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