Ely, Minn., man named new executive director of logging association

Mike Forsman is retired U.S. Coast Guard, and is taking over after 17 years of leadership under Scott Dane.

Mike Forsman Contributed / Mike Forsman
We are part of The Trust Project.

DULUTH — An Ely, Minnesota, man has been named the new executive director of the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota.

Mike Forsman, retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a chief petty officer, assumed the position in early July.

"His local roots and military service have positioned him well to continue building upon the success of the Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota," an association news release said.

The Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers is the largest timber industry association in Minnesota, representing over 230 companies.

“I am confident that Mike shares the values and work ethic of the loggers and truckers he will be representing," President Mike Hill said. "His military background will bring the leadership characteristics that will enable him to lead the ACLT forward. The ACLT is fortunate to find someone local with his background and enthusiasm.”


Forsman replaces Scott Dane who, after 17 years, is taking the executive director position with the American Loggers Council, a national association representing 30 states, including Minnesota.

“Mike has hit the ground running and I have all of the confidence that he will be a strong representative for Minnesota’s loggers and truckers,” Dane said.

Forsman said on his behalf: "I will continue the excellent job that Scott began, and I will work to grow and move the ACLT forward to serve the hard-working members of our organization. I am looking forward to working with each of you."

What to read next
Availability of labor is becoming tighter and more competitive. Officials of the Farmers Cooperative Elevator at Rosholt, South Dakota, describe how in the spring of 2022 they offered $30 an hour for truck “tender” drivers, moving fertilizer and inputs to farms, but got no applicants. They were grateful for local trucking firms stepping up during the vital period, but understandably at a higher cost for the farmer-owned company.
Gary Tharaldson, North Dakota’s successful hotel developer and owner of Tharaldson Ethanol in Casselton, North Dakota, describes how his company will move forward after the death of chief operating officer Ryan Thorpe. Tharaldson urges people to check in on others but said there was no warning at work that would have predicted the tragedy of Thorpe's death by suicide.
Lida Farm grows for Community Support Agriculture customers, farmers markets and food stands, with a little going to a local food co-op. Since 2004, the west central Minnesota farm has changed how it operates to keep up with the times and what they can handle.