Fallen Timber

  • Nov. 18, 2012: As society sheds paper, an industry shrinks

    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 Nov. 20, 2012

  • An occasional series that explored the implications of shrinking demand for wood products, a big industry with a long history in Minnesota.

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Scott Pittack

While wood keeps on growing in Minnesota’s forests, demand for some of the products made from it have declined.

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