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Minnesota's logging industry struggles to find business

The recent shutdown of the Verso paper mill in Sartell and the Georgia-Pacific hardboard plant in Duluth are the latest blows to the state's logging industry that has been going downhill since the last recession. Six mills have closed over the past five years, reducing the demand for timber.
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The recent shutdown of the Verso paper mill in Sartell and the Georgia-Pacific hardboard plant in Duluth are the latest blows to the state's logging industry that has been going downhill since the last recession. Six mills have closed over the past five years, reducing the demand for timber.

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