Mesabi Miner helps with the ice breaking

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On March 16, when the Mesabi Miner was at the same place it was yesterday morning, the Captain called the Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay to thank them for cutting a path through the ice so the Miner could continue on to Marquette with the first cargo of the new season. Sunday morning, the Captain of the CSL Assiniboine called Captain Tom McMullen on the Mesabi Miner to thank him for breaking open the path (above) so the Assiniboine (left) and the Quebecois (right) could break away from their own ice jams and continue on into the harbor. The Mesabi Miner was called upon (actually Captain McMullen volunteered) to do the ice breaking since the Alder was in for repairs and the nearest ice breaker was at the other end of Lake Superior. I do not think it was a sure thing; Captain McMullen was a hero yesterday.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 4/2/2007