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Duluth-Superior port to receive $10 million for dock transit work

The port of Duluth will receive $10 million in federal aid to rebuild and expand a general cargo dock, according to a press release issued today by U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Rep. Rick Nolan.

The improvements will target Docks C and D and will also fund improvements to existing road and train connections. The docks have been used in the past as a laydown area to store wind power equipment in transit through the port.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Recovery --TIGER -- program, which was part of a federal economic stimulus package.

"Strengthening the Port of Duluth-Superior helps strengthen the economy in Duluth and helps businesses across Minnesota," said Klobuchar in a prepared statement. "This support will help ensure the Port has 21st century facilities and can continue to play a vital role in delivering Minnesota's products to markets across the world."

Also in a prepared statement, Franken said: "As the busiest port on the Great Lakes, the Duluth Port connects some of Minnesota's most important industries to partners and consumers across America and the world. This grant will create jobs and improve the global competitiveness of our regional industries."

Rep. Nolan sounded a similar refrain with the following statement: "This grant means jobs, here in Duluth and all over northern Minnesota. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to renovate and revitalize our essential Port of Duluth-Superior, making the port and the city of Duluth more competitive by expanding the number of shippers, diversity of cargo, and volume of shipments in and out of the harbor. The next step will be to address capacity issues in nearby waters upstream. I look forward to leading this effort as we debate the Water Resources Development Act later this month."