River towns in the forest from eastern Washington to the coast of Maine have lost more than a hundred paper mills in a wave of consolidation in little more than a decade. In northern Minnesota, a region historically dependent on the trinity of timber, taconite and tourism, one corner of the economic foundation is wobbling. Updated Oct. 31, 2013
An occasional series that explored the implications of shrinking demand for wood products, a big industry with a long history in Minnesota.
A once-booming industry has seen tree harvest dip 40 percent.
While wood keeps on growing in Minnesota’s forests, demand for some of the products made from it have declined.
An important part of Minnesota's economy depends on finding new uses for wood, and making rayon from trees could be one of those new uses.
An occasional series examining special education in Minnesota’s public schools, where the sharp increase in students who have serious disabilities has brought soaring costs, profound challenges and often controversial new methods for educating them.