Alaska interior's lone commercial dairy closes for the summer

Dairy cow, courtesy: USDA
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The Interior's lone commercial dairy is closing, at least for the summer, leaving only one other commercial dairy in Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday that Northern Lights Dairy is closing its doors for what owners hope will only be for a few months.

Owners say the closure is because they've struggled to find employees willing to work for the wages they can afford to pay.

Northern Lights Dairy co-owner Lois Lintelman says in a phone interview this week that she hopes the problem of not having help will be fixed after the summer months.

Lintelman says the dairy, which has about 100 cows, may resume production in the fall.

Northern Lights has been in business since 1978.