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Coast Guard cutter takes test trip

Coast Guard Cutter Alder will sail from its Duluth homeport at 9 a.m. today to test its newly-repaired diesel engines.

The cutter will travel the Superior Front Channel and then enter Lake Superior through the Superior Entrance Channel. After several hours of testing in open water, the ship will return to homeport, retracing its path.

All snowmobile and ATV operators, as well as other recreational users of the ice, should avoid shipping channels, plan their activity carefully and use caution near the ice. Ice fishermen, especially, should use caution when placing their ice shacks in proximity to the shipping channels.

Call (906) 635-3232 or via email SOOTFC@USCG.MIL for information.

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