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Michigan firm buys Ainsworth mill, perhaps for bioenergy

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By Tom Robertson

MPR News 91.3FM

Bemidji, Minn. — There may be hope for the shuttered Ainsworth lumber mill in Grand Rapids, which closed three years ago, a victim of the housing market crash and the Great Recession.

The J.M. Longyear company of Marquette, Mich., has signed a purchase agreement for the 120-acre site, and will take control of the mill in 2014.

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