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Last "saltie" leaves Duluth as slower-than-average shipping season comes to an end

Softer grain exports brought only 72 ocean-going vessels to the Twin Ports this year, compared to last year's 104.
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Softer grain exports brought only 72 ocean-going vessels to the Twin Ports this year, compared to last year's 104.

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