Veterinarians say hello to Paul

About 100 members of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association were in town today (June 23, 2017) for a seminar at The Inn on Lake Superior. Lunch break happened at the same time the Paul R. Tregurtha came into port to load coal. They grabbed their picnic lunch boxes and headed down to the ship canal.
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Mesabi Miner arrives Duluth for coal

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The Mesabi Miner arrived Duluth today around 4pm to load 68,000 tons of coal at Midwest Energy for Detroit Energy power stations in St. Clair and Monroe, both cities in Michigan. This is her 4th trip to the Twin Ports this season; she was here 13 times last year and she made 40 trips to the Twin Ports in 2015.
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India gets married on a foggy Friday by the bridge

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Hazel India Butler is usually across the Duluth ship canal answering visitor questions at the information desk at the Marine Museum. This day, June 9, 2017, she decided to cross the canal and get married on the other side.
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It was foggy and cool, but the wedding party outfits, designed for the occasion, added wonderful color to the foggy day. That’s Jarred Lee Phillips joining forces with India for the many days ahead.
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India is the perfect bride; beautiful, expressive and happy.
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Rings all around
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Time to move on with their lives, now greatly improved, but first some pictures.
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I of course, as the reporter/photographer for the Duluth Shipping News, needed something nautical in the picture. Lacking any boat traffic, I settled for the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge in the background.
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Every wedding needs the Duluth mounted Police, a little late but still happy to be there.
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Oakglen departs Duluth with pellets

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The Oakglen departed Duluth at 1pm this afternoon, June 7, 2017, after loading iron ore pellets at the CN dock in Duluth. The Vista Star, with some new color on her hull, was just coming in. Check out the Oakglen ship page for a close-up look at the history of her name changes, embedded on her hull.

New tugs, old names

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Two tugs, new to the Twin Ports, arrived this afternoon, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. They were recently purchased by Heritage Marine and will be given the names of two tugs they just sold. Here the tugs are moving down the Duluth harbor on their way to the Heritage Marine dock in Superior. At left, the Fort Point leads the way; she will soon be renamed to Edward H. Just behind her is the new Nels J., formerly the Taurus.

Barker and banner depart Duluth

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The James R. Barker departed Duluth in the early evening of June 3, 2017, with her new banner in full view. For more on the banner see the two posts below or go here and here.
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Mustang pellets on the way to Indiana

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Above, on Friday evening, June 2, 2017, the Isolda was still loading grain at Riverland Ag, above lower center and the James R. Barker  had arrived, around 4 pm in the afternoon and was getting fuel at Calumet (top, right). When she completed that, she went over to CN Duluth (below) to load the first cargo of Mustang pellets to come down from the iron range on its way to ArcelorMittal’s blast furnace No. 7 in Indiana Harbor. See story below or here. To celebrate the occasion, Interlake hung a banner (below) on the Barker’s self unloader (one on each side) so every one could celebrate the big event as they make the trip from Duluth to Indiana Harbor. In the pictures below, they had not yet started to load the pellets but they soon did and she is expected to leave sometime Saturday afternoon.
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