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Rick Meland, co-owner of Meland Lumber in Northwood, says that the key to their business is to carve out a niche that the big box stores won't touch. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Facing big-box competition, small town lumber business finds its place

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NORTHWOOD, N.D. — After an EF-4 tornado ripped through Northwood in 2007, leaving one man dead and destroying the school, as well as heavily damaging churches, businesses and houses, a local lumber company stepped up to help the community rebuild.


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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: He welcomes story ideas via email,, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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