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Brad Nelson of Nelson Logging in Hermantown uses a grapple skidder to move logged birch trees into position so they can be sawed. Nelson was logging east of Cotton. Minnesota DNR Commissioner Ton Landwehr says changes in leadership in the DNR's Forestry Division are being made to try to get timber to loggers and mills more quickly. (2008 file / Duluth News Tribune)

Minnesota DNR shakes up forestry department with transfers

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The state's top two foresters were removed from their jobs last month in a major shakeup at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said Dave Epperly, Forestry Division director, will be transferred within the division while Bob Tomlinson, assistant director, was transferred into the DNR's Division of Lands and Minerals.

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