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Sheiks, movie stars, others buying Minnesota firewood

The Pioneer Press says the wish lists of the world's wealthy include $40 boxes of Minnesota firewood. Apparently, everyone from the Middle East to New York wants to enjoy the fragrance of our North Woods or just gaze at some birch logs.
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The Pioneer Press says the wish lists of the world's wealthy include $40 boxes of Minnesota firewood. Apparently, everyone from the Middle East to New York wants to enjoy the fragrance of our North Woods or just gaze at some birch logs.

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