Loggers at North Star Expo find newest equipment, old friends

By KBJR News 1

September 16, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 8:55 AM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The 60th annual North Star Expo kicked off Friday on the Itasca County Fairgrounds.

"You know, it's kind of like a big reunion. Where all the guys come together," said owner of Lovbahl and Sons, Chad Lovbahl.

"It is kind of like the state fair for loggers," said Ray Higgins with the Minnesota Timber Producers Association.

The North Star Expo is a chance for anyone in the timber industry to check out the latest equipment.

"It's nice to see what the other equipment is," said Lovbahl, "Talk to other guys that own the other equipment. See how it works. How it benefits their operations."

Higgins says the timber industry has a $9 billion economic impact on the state, positively affecting some 300 communities. He says the expo is a great way to remind people of the industry's importance.

"It's very important to the economic part of our state," said Higgins.

The North Star Expo runs until 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Itasca County Fairgrounds.