coal mines http://iowapublicradio.org en Iowa's Coal Mining Communities http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-coal-mining-communities <p>The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20th century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we listen back to a conversation with historian Dorothy Hubbard Schwieder and Kristin Redenius, a coal miner’s daughter. They explain what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how the mines shaped communities.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:03:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Emily Woodbury 37683 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Coal Mining Communities Economic Opportunites and Environmental Concerns Set Up Debate Over 'Frac' Sand Mining http://iowapublicradio.org/post/economic-opportunites-and-environmental-concerns-set-debate-over-frac-sand-mining <p>You’ve probably heard about controversies over the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing – the technique known as “fracking.” There’s no oil or gas fracking in Iowa…but the increasing use of the technique is affecting the state. It’s creating a market for finely-grained silica sand from northeast Iowa.</p><p>And some residents of the area are in conflict over the future of frac sand mining.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:24:45 +0000 Sarah McCammon 17137 at http://iowapublicradio.org Economic Opportunites and Environmental Concerns Set Up Debate Over 'Frac' Sand Mining Coal Mining In Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/coal-mining-iowa <p>The last of Iowa’s coal mines shut down in 1994, but in the early 20<sup>th</sup> century, coal mining was the number two industry in the state. Today on Talk of Iowa, we speak with a historian and a coal miner’s daughter about what it was like to work in Iowa’s coal mines, and how these mines shaped communities.</p><p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:59:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe 15545 at http://iowapublicradio.org Coal Mining In Iowa