FORBES, Minn. — It was a fairytale in the Sax-Zim bog on Wednesday, Oct. 17. A beautiful solitude held still, with rolling mounds of moss and vegetation snuggled into the ground. Shooting out of the earth were trees decades older than the animals that called the bog home. Century-old trunks of tamarack, black spruce and balsam fir reached to the sky in this unmoving environment.
DULUTH — A burgeoning industry based on a relatively new type of material may be coming to Minnesota. Known as mass timber, the material is an alternative to steel in building construction. While dozens of buildings constructed with the product are dotted around the country, the majority stand in the Pacific Northwest.