American Republic rare visit

The seldom seen American Republic will be here today to load coal for Ashland, Wisconsin. It was here in October to load taconite and before that, it was only here for 5 trips in 2002 since at least 1996. It was built specifically to carry taconite pellets from Lorain, Ohio, 35 miles up Lake Erie to Cleveland and then up the Cuyahoga River to the LTV Steel plant.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 11-15-2005
Kenneth Newhams :