shipping

River traffic halted at La Crosse after barge runs aground

Initial reports suggested the drought and a low water level on the Mississippi River might have contributed to the barge running aground. But the Coast Guard says sediment has built up on the river bottom. Traffic will resume after it's dredged.

First 'saltie' of Lake Superior's shipping season arrives in Duluth harbor

Starting Monday, MPR reports the international vessel will be loaded with more than 10,000 tons of wheat bound for Belgium. On its way to the Twin Ports, the 470-foot ship dropped off steel pipe in Ontario.

Shipping season begins on Mississippi River

The Pioneer Press reports the first towboat and seven barges, headed to St. Paul, traveled through Red Wing and Hastings Saturday to mark the start of the season. The average opening is March 20.

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.