Irma departs Duluth with grain

The Polish operated Irma, seen above leaving port in May, 2002, came in at 8 am on Monday after spending a day or so at anchor off the Duluth piers. It is the 8th visit to the Twin Ports for the 655 foot long freighter that was built in 2000. It is now loading durum wheat most likely brought here from North Dakota. When they complete loading the wheat, probably later today, they will depart the port for Algeria where the wheat is often used to make couscous, a dish that can include a variety of other ingredients including lamb, beef and vegetables.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 12-09-2008
Kenneth Newhams :