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Mill closures 'shock' industry, but officials say demand for wood remains

More than 30 mills have closed in western Montana since 1990, with two more in Missoula County calling it quits this spring.

Five days a week, a short train rolls out of the rail yard in Whitefish with empty freight cars destined for the Flathead Valley's three surviving wood products mills in Columbia Falls and Evergreen. At one time, short trains like this could be found all over western Montana, serving mills in places like Libby, St. Regis, Darby and Pablo. But today, this is one of the few "local" freights left in...


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