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The tugboat Helen H. breaks up ice in the Duluth Harbor on Thursday to clear a path for the laker Baie Comeau as it departs with a load of iron ore pellets. The ice has been unusually hard on lakers as they attempt to finish work before the shipping season ends on Wednesday. (Bob King /

Ships battle ice as Great Lakes shipping season wraps up

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It's a fight against the ice to keep the Great Lakes shipping season open, and Mike Ojard and his tug boats are being tested.

"I'm 68," the owner of Heritage Marine said. "I've never seen a winter like this."


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