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A load of spruce logs is unloaded at Hedstrom Lumber Company in Grand Marias. President Howard Hedstrom says a wood quarantine proposed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for Lake and Cook counties would hurt his business and customers. (File photo)

Quarantine proposal raises concerns

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Some big changes could be coming to the Northeastern Minnesota logging and lumber businesses, bringing new challenges for one of the region's biggest industries.The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is set to initiate a quarantine on wood harvested in Lake and Cook counties next spring in an effort to stop the nationwide spread of the invasive gypsy moth, putting in place strict regulations on the transportation of wood from the two counties.

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