Going to Two Harbors on a dredge

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The crane barge Dean R. Smith was pushed out of the Duluth piers by the tug Miss Laura early Monday evening. In the picture above they are just beyond the North Pier Light, making a turn toward Two Harbors. Owned and operated by Marine Tech, a local dredging and construction company, the rig will spend two to three days in Two Harbors doing routine maintenance at the CN taconite dock. The rig carries a crew of 4. They do double duty as the crew for the rig when it is under power on the lake and as the work crew for the project. On some jobs, they would spend the night on the tug, but since Two Harbors is close by, they will return home each evening.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/16/2007