Archives for December 2010

First puck dropped at Amsoil

The long awaited Amsoil Arena opened Thursday night, December 30, 2010 with a men’s hockey game between the UMD Bulldogs and North Dakota Fighting Sioux. I like the TV on the scoreboard. Just like being at home!

We get a big hand from …

… the American Century (formerly the Columbia Star) as she came into Duluth around noon on December 29th, 2010. The hand inside the hand belongs to John Kernohan, 2nd mate on the boat (inset). They are here to load 64,000 tons of low sulfur coal at Midwest Energy Resources in Superior. Later today, she will depart to take that cargo to Silver Bay.

Your turn

Around 7:30 this morning (December 26, 2010), the James R. Barker (left) departed Duluth with 58,000 tons of coal for Minnesota Power at Taconite Harbor. The Walter J. McCarthy, Jr. (right) had spent a good part of Christmas Day waiting at the Murphy Fuel Terminal for the  Barker to finish. With the  Barker on her way out, you see the McCarthy moving away from the dock as she began the short trip to the Midwest Energy Coal Dock in Superior. Below, notice the black dots on the ice beyond the Barker. Those are fishing shacks. I myself do not like to be in a shack on the ice when I can see open water out the door. But then, I wasn’t born in Minnesota.
Mesabi Miner passes the Walter J. McCarthy as she departs Duluth

If this is what they call snow in Alabama

Jill-Christmas-2010-Alabama
what do they call football? I presume that Jill shoveled off 5 or 6 inches of the snow so we could see her beautiful sidewalk.

Charles M. Beeghly in Duluth

The Great Lakes freighter Charles M. Beeghly arrived in Duluth in the afternoon of December 23rd, 2010 to pick up an iron ore pellet cargo. She makes about 6 trips a year to the Twin Ports of Duluth Superior.