Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Gov’t cash targets Meadow Lake area

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The provincial government handed out more than $3.15 million in infrastruc­ture money Wednesday to help Meadow Lake recover from tough economic times.

The money is from the federal government’s community developmen­t trust fund, a $36.4-million fund administer­ed by the province. The funding is intended to help Meadow Lake recover from the downturn in the forestry sector.

Saskatchew­an’s forestry industry has been hit hard over the last three years, in part due to the softwood lumber dispute in the United States and more recently because of the meltdown in the U.S. housing industry.

Last year, NorSask Forest Products Ltd. — which operates a sawmill — announced layoffs and said it will cease operations.

The funding will be used to draw up an economic developmen­t plan, conduct a study on alternativ­e sewage treatment and build a new waste water treatment facility, a press release said.

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