The Latest and Largest in Logging Displayed at 65th North Star Expo

Taylor Holt
Updated: September 14, 2018 10:31 PM

St. Paul has the Great Minnesota Get-Together, and in Grand Rapids, they have the "Great Minnesota "Logging" Get-Together. The 65th annual North Star expo kicked off Friday morning.

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"This is 65th time we've brought the logging community in our state together. We've got vendors and loggers here getting together talking business," said Ray Higgins with the Minnesota Timber Producers Association.

The two-day event is the state's biggest logging equipment show and is for anyone wanting to see everything from equipment from the world's top manufacturers to meeting with professional loggers.

"If you like things that run and are loud you can see that. There's also a lot of great people to see," said Higgins.

On top of that more than 200 kids hit the Itasca County Fairgrounds to learn about the industry and opportunities in the Grand Rapids area.

"The Grand Rapids area is really a big center in Itasca County, a big center for the timber industry and our state with the John Blandin mill right here in town," Higgins said.

If your more about being a part of the action, there's opportunities for that at the show too.

"There's contests. You can get in one of these loaders and try that out and see how the guys do it," Higgins added.

Jeremy Stecker is a logger from Duluth who was at the expo. He says this is an industry that comes with challenges.

"It's very hard to enter into this business because of the capital required and the uncertainty also in the industry," said Stecker.

However, Stecker says he's hopeful to see it expand and get more people interested in these jobs.

"It's good to let the public see that the industry is here," said Stecker.

"There is hope on the horizon. The building products sector is robust right now. We're finding new ways to use the paper products and use those mills so there is cause for optimism," said Higgins.

The expo continues into Saturday.


Taylor Holt

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