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Loggers, Congress grasp for Northwoods timber solutions

9:15 PM, Oct. 20, 2013
Logging and forest management operations in and around the Nicolet National Forest near Laona in Forest County.
Logging and forest management operations in and around the Nicolet National Forest near Laona in Forest County.
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Loggers in the heart of Wisconsin's Northwoods are salty, beer-drinking conservatives who tend to vote Republican.

But with the timber industry and their local economy sliding and on the brink of collapse, by many accounts, they're desperate. They've turned to an unlikely leader for help: a Madison liberal known as one of the most far-left U.S. senators, Tammy Baldwin.

At the heart of complaints from a struggling logging industry in Wisconsin is an untapped potential within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest that spans 1.5 million acres in 11northern counties. A group of ...

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