Aspen trees tower overhead in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin. Image by Mike De Sisti. United States, 2012.

Deep in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, lumberjacks still cry "timber," just not as often as they once did. Across the state, milling lumber into good paper, the kind called "knowledge" grade for books, has employed thousands for more than a century, and created a distinct culture.

Then about six years ago, the mills started closing as a result of the twin threat of the iPad and China. Still, some hearty souls are surviving through grit and attitude.

"Paper Cuts" is the name of a series done last month by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Reporter John Schmid spoke with Jacki Lyden, host of weekends on All Things Considered, about his findings.

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Faced with the devastating twin threats of digital and China, can a critical Wisconsin industry survive?

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