WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Authorities make 35 arrests in Winona during a protest of Frac sand mining. The protesters came from across the Midwest and say their goal is to shut down Frac sand operationsMore >>
Authorities made 35 arrests in Winona Monday during a protest of frac sand mining.More >>
WINONA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- The jury trial of 35 people arrested during a frac sand protest in Winona started Monday.
The group blocked entrances last April to two separate frac sand processing and shipping facilities in Winona.
The 35 protesters face misdemeanor trespassing charges. Daniel Wilson was one of the protesters. He gathered with the other protesters Monday morning before the trial started.
Wilson said he will be upset if he and the other protesters are found guilty but said he is more concerned about raising awareness about frac sand mining.
"We were trespassing on city property, we live here and trust the city to do this," Wilson said. "But when the city is unwilling to listen to our concerns it's as much our property as it is their property."
Wilson goes on to say the trial will be a good opportunity to sit down with the frac sand owners, and discuss their concerns and allow their voices to be heard.
Though Wilson said speaking with the business owners is a stretch, he said he will push the judge as far as he allows them to.