First departure from Twin Ports marks the start of the 2012 shipping season

The Mesabi Miner passed through the Duluth piers Friday. The Duluth News Tribune reports it was loaded with coal bound for Presque Isle, Michigan.
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The Mesabi Miner passed through the Duluth piers Friday. The Duluth News Tribune reports it was loaded with coal bound for Presque Isle, Michigan.

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