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After 40 years, county to sell sand dredge

A reliable workhorse, the Barton County Road and Bridge Department’s sand dredge pumped an average of 40,000 tons of sand out of pits each year.

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For over four decades, the Barton County Road and Bridge Department’s workhorse sand dredge had mined sand for road projects. Designed to last only 20 years, it pulled millions of tons of sand from pits around the county.
But, the reliable machine is on its final leg. What to do with it has been a point of discussion for the County Commission for over a year, ever since it was taken out of service.
Commissioners acted Tuesday morning when they approved the sale of the 1974 dredge for $81,050 to Venture Corporation of Great Bend. The Road and ...

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