Michipicoten loading taconite

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The Michipicoten should be here today loading taconite. Around here, this boat is known better by its former name, the Elton Hoyt 2nd. It was named for a man who developed the company town of Hoyt Lakes on the Iron Range and connected it by rail with a new taconite plant on Lake Superior at Taconite Harbor. After three years sitting idle at Fraser Shipyard, it was sold to Lower Lakes Towing in April, 2003. It now sails the Great Lakes as the Canadian flagged Michipicoten. The boat is still true to its roots: it continues to load taconite. On each of the 7 trips the boat has made to the Twin Ports this year, it has loaded taconite, mostly at Burlington Northern in Superior, but also, as today, at the CN Dock in West Duluth. Above, it loaded taconite there in 2004.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 08-01-2006

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