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GREAT LAKES

As the Great Lakes shipping season nears its seasonal close, Lt. Alexander Stewart shared thoughts about churning up his home ice.
Colleagues reflect on the life and work of Adolph Ojard Jr., a Knife River native who dedicated much of his life to Lake Superior and Great Lakes industry.
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Katmai Bay visited Duluth last week, but as temperatures drop regional assets remain at least a day away.
The overseas shipping close looms at the end of the month, while the end of the Great Lakes season comes Jan. 15.

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Stranded between its last and next Coast Guard cutters, Duluth-Superior will be reliant on a temporary plan for breaking ice in 2021-22.
While grain is down, coal, iron ore and other cargos are up so far this year.
Invading parasite decimated fish populations until a chemical poison was developed to kill their larvae.
The lake level continues to drop.
With its newly announced ability to accept maritime cargo containers, sources wonder if the Great Lakes might offer future relief in the face of supply chain pressures.

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Led by the Great Lakes iron ore trade, shipping in July kept up steam and enjoyed a month on par with the good seasons that led into the pandemic.
The bill passed the Senate, but must still clear the House.
Silver Bay and Two Harbors joined the port of Duluth-Superior in fueling the revival. Those four cities are responsible for 78% of iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes.

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