Turned down about 3 1/2 years ago, a Byron developer has once again applied to mine sand and gravel in High Forest Township just east of Stewartville. Jessup DeCook hopes to obtain a permit that would allow him to mine 36 acres of a 154-acre parcel of township land near the Stewartville city limits. Bill Schimmel Jr., city administrator, said in an e-mail last week that DeCook is seeking an interim-use permit for the mining operation. To get that permit, he must receive an extension of a 90-day permit he received to help the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) rebuild the intersection of Interstate 90 and Hwy. 63 just north of Stewartville, Schimmel said... For more on this story pick up your copy of the June 23 Stewartville STAR.