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District 7B Rep. Liz Olson introduced language to House File 2079 that would authorize the state to provide a $3 million forgivable loan that would support “the conversion of the existing paper mill for the manufacture of new paper grades,” providing that its owner invest $25 million in the facility by May 1, 2023. The forgivable loan would be predicated not just on the private investment to be made at the Duluth mill, but also on the continued employment of the equivalent of at least 80 full-time workers for a five-year period.

The mill formerly employed more than 220 people producing graphic supercalendered paper — the type

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