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Coast Guard to begin breaking ice; anglers warned to remove shacks

The Coast Guard Cutter Alder breaks ice off Barker's Island in March 2011. (File photo / News Tribune)

The U.S. Coast Guard is set to begin breaking ice in the Duluth-Superior Harbor this week in preparation for the start of the 2014 shipping season.

In a news release Saturday, the Coast Guard reported that the cutter Alder will start icebreaking operations on Tuesday in the harbor and out to Lake Superior. Officials warned anglers and others who may be out on the ice to remove ice shacks and other equipment, and to use caution if out in the ice.

Areas where the Alder will be working include -- but are not limited to -- the Superior Front Channel, the Superior and Duluth harbor basins, the East Gate Basin, the Duluth and Superior entry channels and the Lake Superior ice adjacent to Minnesota Point.

Icebreaking operations later may extend to other areas of the harbor, as well as to Two Harbors, Silver Bay and Taconite Harbor.

The Soo Locks are set to open March 25.