The Winona State University Athenaeum Series will present “Frac Sand Resources in Southeastern Minnesota” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, on the second floor of the Darrell W. Krueger Library.

Candace Kairies Beatty, assistant professor of geoscience, and Toby Dogwiler, professor of geoscience and director of Southeastern Minnesota Water resource, will discuss the geology and distribution of frac sand resources in southeastern Minnesota. Beatty and Dogwiler will describe the geologic history of the sands, the landscapes in which they occur, and their relation to adjacent natural resources. They will also address the role that Minnesota frac sands play in the hydraulic fracturing processes being used to extract gas across the U.S.

All WSU Athenaeum Series events are free and open to the public.

The Athenaeum hosts events that explore and enhance the intellectual life of the University and the region through lectures, readings, performances, discussions and other events. By bringing together scholars, performers, students and community members for intellectual discussion and the sharing of cultural experiences, the Athenaeum reflects the importance the University places on the humanities, the arts and the sciences.

For more information about the Athenaeum Series or event descriptions, call Allison Quam at 507-457-2644, email or visit