Dayton pledges support of Duluth's shuttered Georgia-Pacific employees

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton told employees and officials of the soon-to-be shuttered Georgia-Pacific Co. board plant in Duluth Friday that he will help workers and families through trying times. The company said Tuesday it was closing the Duluth plant at the end of the month, which will put 141 people out of work.
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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton told employees and officials of the soon-to-be shuttered Georgia-Pacific Co. board plant in Duluth Friday that he will help workers and families through trying times. The company said Tuesday it was closing the Duluth plant at the end of the month, which will put 141 people out of work.

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