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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Idle Sartell paper mill hurting Minnesota loggers
The shutdown of Sartell's Verso Paper Mill has created an economic ripple effect. Northern Minnesota loggers who sell their timber to the mill are feeling it, as are those who make and maintain the mill's equipment. Local officials want the state to help Verso repair the damage of last month's explosion and fire.
Verso won't reopen Sartell paper mill
Verso Paper has decided against reopening the Sartell mill that was damaged by an explosion and fire on Memorial Day. 259 people had worked at the plant. A company executive says it was a difficult decision, but the mill had not been competitive in recent years. Verso says it will work with local officials on finding a new use for the site.
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