Mesabi Miner here for winter layup soon

The Mesabi Miner was the last cargo vessel to depart the Twin Ports this season, leaving early afternoon on Tuesday (above) with the last coal to be loaded from the dock at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Today the boat should be the last cargo vessel to arrive in the Twin Ports this season, coming back from the short trip to Marquette. After taking on some fuel at the Murphy Fuel dock, the Mesabi Miner will return to Midwest Energy, this time to spend the next couple months in winter lay up. If past history is a guide, the Mesabi Miner will be the first vessel to depart the Twin Ports in the new season, sometime in early March. It would also be the first one to arrive, again making the short haul to Marquette and back, available late this season and also early next season since it is on Lake Superior, this side of the Soo Locks which are now closed.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 01-19-2007

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