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Long time lumberyard owner Bob Peabody inspects lumber that will be made into trusses for home construction at his plant in East Grand Forks on Wednesday. Herald photo by John Stennes.

Cost soars on two-by-fours

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It's hardly a housing boom, but a visit to a lumberyard and a close look at the price tag for everything from plywood sheets to two-by-fours sure makes this spring feel like one.

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Lumber prices have jumped in recent weeks to levels not seen in more than four years -- but these increases aren't caused by the high demand for lumber during the 2005 boom.

But it's too early to know what it will mean for local businesses and builders as the construction season begins.

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