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The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking cutter Mackinaw moves through thick ice on Lake Superior north of Whitefish Point last weekend. The thick ice on the lake has been an obstacle to the start of the shipping season. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Ice creates tough start for shipping season

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Towing the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay into the Duluth harbor on Friday was an unusual experience for the crew of the fellow Coast Guard cutter Alder.


“That’s the first time that we had to do a side tow,” said Holly Burgarbe, petty officer on the Alder. “It’s not something that we do.”

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