U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) made the following statement in response to the layoffs at the Boise, Inc. paper mill in International Falls announced today.
"This is a tough day for the Boise paper mill, its employees, as well as for International Falls and surrounding communities," said Sen. Franken. "Boise is the largest employer in Koochiching County, and has provided good, quality jobs for years. I have been in touch with state and local officials, employee representatives and the company to offer my assistance. I will have staff on the ground in International Falls today and my office will continue to work with local and state officials to address the challenges that these layoffs present."