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The tug Nels J assists the Cason J. Calloway with an anchor issue during ice-breaking operations Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the Duluth-Superior Harbor near Duluth, Minn. Credit: Derek Montgomery/For MPR News

As icebreakers usher in spring, shippers eager to start work

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The first cargo ships are scheduled to leave the Duluth harbor today. But it's going to be a slow start to the season because the harbor is clogged by ice that's five feet thick in places. A Coast Guard cutter and local tugs are working feverishly to break up the ice to allow the ships to depart.

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