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Spring ice breaking underway in Twin Ports ahead of shipping season

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Despite another late winter storm blowing through Minnesota, crews are busy breaking up ice in the Twin Ports to open a path for the upcoming shipping season.

WDIO says the U.S. Coast Guard's largest icebreaker on the Great Lakes, the 240-foot-long Mackinaw, was called in for the job this past weekend.

"We had ice that extended six miles out and it was 20 inches thick," said Captain Mike Davanzo.

The Soo Locks are slated to welcome its first vessel of the new shipping season next week, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

Meanwhile, the first towboat can not chug up the Mississippi River until the ice on Lake Pepin is thin enough to break through, the Star Tribune reports.

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