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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Mustang pellets from the Iron Range

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The James R. Barker arrived under the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge about 4pm. She is here to pick up the first of many cargos of Mustang iron ore pellets created at Cliffs Natural Resources facilities on the Iron Range. The Barker will deliver the new pellets to Cliffs’ customer ArcelorMittal’s steel mill in Indiana Harbor (the largest blast furnace in North America). The iron ore is mined at UTAC’s “Thunderbird” mine in Eveleth and transported approximately 10 miles by rail to the “Fairlane” plant in Forbes where limestone and dolomite are added to the iron ore.

The pellets are created to maximize the efficiency of this particular blast furnace. Some of this processing was previously done at the blast furnace, thus saving ArcelorMittal time and money at their end. It has higher levels of limestone and dolomite than standard iron ore pellets that allow it to more easily flow through blast furnace No. 7. Cliffs started production of their new Mustang superflux pellet in mid-May. They built a storage facility, silos, a limestone crusher, conveyors and rail infrastructure to support the production of the pellets and their transfer to railcars for the short trip to the CN dock in Duluth.

The mine, located in Eveleth, was constructed in the mid-1960’s by Ford Motor Company. In honor of Ford, the pellets are called “Mustang” pellets, mined at UTAC’s “Thunderbird” mine in Eveleth and shipped to the “Fairlane” plant in Forbes, Minnesota for more processing before being loaded onto rail cars and shipped to Duluth.

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Barker picture taken on July 15, 2015 as she was departing Duluth with coal. Picture just above, courtesy of Cliffs Natural Resources, shows some of the first Mustang pellets created at the new facility.

Isolda makes first visit to Riverland Ag

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The Isolda arrived Duluth on May 31, 2017 and is now loading grain at Riverland Ag (above). This is her 27th visit here since she was built in 1999. She was last here on July 14, 2015. Since then she has had a significant paint job, dropping the very familiar blue color to black. See Denny Dushane’s comment on the Isolda ship page. She has loaded grain during all her visits, loading mostly at AGP and CHS during her earlier visits, then at Peavey for visits in 2014 and 2015.