James R. Barker arriving for coal

This week, we have had about one thousand foot laker a day. On Tuesday, the Paul R. Tregurtha left with coal and the Walter J. McCarthy Jr. loaded coal and left late that night. Wednesday, the James R. Barker arrived mid afternoon (above) and was expected to depart the port early this morning, leaving the coal dock at Midwest Energy Resources ready for the arrival of the Mesabi Miner a couple hours later. When the Mesabi Miner departs this afternoon, it will be the last thousand footer loading coal until Sunday, when we start over again with both the Tregurtha and the McCarthy returning for more.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 04-09-2009

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