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Upper Mississippi shipping done for the season

It's a harbinger of winter: the Corps of Engineers has closed the lock and dam near La Crosse for maintenance and renovation. Encroaching ice would have blocked navigation any day now, anyway.
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It's a harbinger of winter: the Corps of Engineers has closed the lock and dam near La Crosse for maintenance and renovation. Encroaching ice would have blocked navigation any day now, anyway.

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