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This is an interesting time in the logging business, one of Wisconsin's signature industries. Sawmills are looking for logs and the logging industry is looking for loggers.

"It's a smidge more complicated than that but, yes, you could say there is a shortage of loggers," said Henry Schienebeck, executive director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, a trade association based in Rhinelander.

Among the reasons for the shortage is that is the state has lost loggers to the oil business.

"A lot of guys migrated to North Dakota with the gas and oil boom," Schienebeck said. "They are making good money out there. A lot of guys who were in our industry, they left and went out there."

Also, logging is rough, often dangerous work, and not everyone wants to do it.

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