Hedstrom Lumber Co. enters fourth generation of family ownership in Grand Marais

11 Nov 2019

The industry is losing a major advocate, according to the independent lumber mill's new leaders.

Sawdust slowly fell through the air and lightly coated everything in the Hedstrom Lumber Co.’s mill — appearing much more like snow than wood shavings — while about a dozen staff members worked to produce lumber.

The lumber mill’s former president, Howard Hedstrom, walked among the loud machinery and cheerfully greeted staff. After quick “hellos,” workers returned to their jobs of monitoring lumber production, sharpening saw blades, sorting wood by species and aligning lumber under laser lights for measurement.

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