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Logging expo to return to Bemidji

BEMIDJI - The state's largest logging equipment show is returning to Bemidji.

"What's better than coming to the home of Paul Bunyan," said Ray Higgins, director of operations for the Minnesota Timber Producers Association.

Higgins announced Tuesday that the 61st annual North Star Expo will be held at the Sanford Center arena Sept. 12-13, bringing the show back to Bemidji for the first time since 2008.

There also will be a two-day education conference at the events center on topics such as forest management guidelines, log truck load securement, first aid and CPR, invasive species and more.

The North Star Expo draws about 100 vendors with large equipment such as chippers and skidders and other goods such as truck parts, fuel and lubricants and financial services. It draws about 2,000 attendees.

The Expo was held in Bemidji in 2007 and 2008, but that was at the Beltrami County Fairgrounds. Most recently, it's been at the Itasca County Fairgrounds in Grand Rapids.

Higgins said Minnesota's forest products industry is the state's fifth-largest manufacturing industry, employing 30,000 people and contributing $9 billion to the state's economy.

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