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Land auction will end long effort to save Newton Falls mill

Two big chunks of timberland long owned by the Newton Falls Paper Mill in southern St. Lawrence County will be auctioned off Thursday.

The move comes after the company's last owner, Scotia Investments, began dismantling the mill and auctioning its equipment earlier this year.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

Roughly 4,000 acres near Newton Falls will be sold later today. The sale effectively ends nearly a decade of efforts to reopen the paper mill.

It remains unclear whether New York state will move forward with plans to fund a $10 million railroad upgrade project, which was meant to boost the paper mill's economic viability.

In a statement, New York's Empire State Development Corporation said the train project will be evaluated "based on changing conditions on the ground."

Loss of the paper mill and the auctioning of its land and equipment have been a painful blow to the economy in southern St. Lawrence County.

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