Minnesota

Minnesota Briefs: Explore Minnesota Announces Tourism Award Winners

February 29, 2020

Explore Minnesota, the state’s tourism promotion office, announced the winners of its annual awards last week. Marianna Khauv was named outstanding individual in tourism. Khauv, owner of Best Western Chelsea Inn & Suites in Monticello, has served in many tourism leadership roles in the state and in her community. Kjersti Vick was named the state…

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Great Lakes Shipping Fleet Prepares for 2020

February 20, 2020

More than $97 million in maintenance and modernization is underway on U.S.-flag Lakers idled for winter work at multiple Great Lakes shipyards. After working around the clock for 10 months hauling cargo over more than 70,000 miles per vessel, the ships and their crews are given a brief rest to recoup before the next season…

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Coal Shipping In Twin Ports Drops To Lowest Level In Decades While Wind Cargo Surges

February 12, 2020

A record amount of cargo containing components used for generating wind power moved through the Twin Ports during the 2019 shipping season. The surge in wind traffic comes as Duluth-Superior handled the lowest amount of coal in more than three decades. Around 8 million tons of coal moved through the Twin Ports last year, marking the lowest…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority awarded $10.5 million grant

February 12, 2020

Funding will be used to build an additional warehouse and rehabilitate deteriorating dock walls at the Clure Public Marine Terminal on Rice’s Point. The Duluth Seaway Port Authority was the recipient of a $10.5 million grant on Tuesday — federal money that will be used to construct a 56,000-square-foot warehouse at the Clure Public Marine…

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Duluth Seaway Port Authority awarded $10.5 million MARAD grant for warehouse expansion, dock wall rehab

February 11, 2020

Minnesota Congressman Pete Stauber announced today that the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration allocated a $10.5 million grant to the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. This Port Infrastructure Development Program grant will help fund construction of a 56,000-square-foot, rail-served warehouse at the Clure Public Marine Terminal, along with rehabilitation of 1,775 lineal feet of…

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Ships Going Through Duluth Carry Record Amount Of Wind Energy Supplies During 2019-2020 Season

February 11, 2020

Cargo volume exceeded 33.5 million short tons at the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2019 shipping season, ranking as the port’s third-highest throughput since 2015, according to a news release from the Duluth Seaway Port Authority. Four of the port’s six cargo categories notched season-over-season tonnage gains. Eighty-five ocean-going vessels visited Duluth. While iron ore…

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Cargo Oddity In January Caps ‘Solid Season’ In Port Of Duluth-Superior

February 10, 2020

Coal experienced its lowest total since 1985.     Among the 33.5 million tons of cargo moved in the port of Duluth-Superior for the 2019-20 season, one shipment stood out. It came near the end of the campaign, when the 704-foot lake freighter H. Lee White loaded with 18,015 tons of spring wheat on Jan.…

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2019 Season Summary: Grain gain, heavy lifts boost tonnage totals

February 10, 2020

    Cargo volume exceeded 33.5 million short tons at the Port of Duluth-Superior for the 2019 shipping season, ranking as the port’s third highest throughput since 2015. Four of the port’s six cargo categories notched season-over-season tonnage gains. General cargo, comprised of project cargoes, breakbulk and heavy-lift industrial pieces, led the way with a…

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Lawmakers Push for New Great Lakes Icebreaker

January 31, 2020

Research from the Lake Carriers Association shows that more than $1 billion in revenues was sacrificed last winter due to delays resulting from inadequate icebreaking. Minnesota Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined eight other senators in advocating for a new Great Lakes icebreaker by signing a letter sent to…

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U.S. Great Lakes Ports Report Busy 2019 Navigation Season

January 27, 2020

The St. Lawrence Seaway, North America’s binational marine highway stretching 2,300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, registered an 8.5 percent gain in year-over-year dry bulk cargo shipments in 2019. This highlights the Seaway’s ability to drive a diverse mix of commodities to and from Great Lakes ports. The top-performing cargos through the…

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Duluth port sorting out terminal details ahead of cruise ship visits

January 23, 2020

  Two cruise visits are expected this summer and nine visits are scheduled during 2022. Duluth should see its first round of cruise ship passengers in seven years as early as June. Two cruise line companies have started selling and marketing for trips to stop in Duluth. German-based cruise line Hapag-Lloyd Cruises has sold out,…

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Life just got easier for a lock named “Soo”

January 9, 2020

Funding for the New Navigation Lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Takes Giant Step Forward: “We can now definitively say that there will be a new Soo Lock,” says Jim Weakley, President of Lake Carriers’ Association. With the expected passage of the 2020 spending bills a vital national infrastructure project, the new navigational lock in…

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Wind cargo boosts freight tons at Port of Duluth-Superior

January 8, 2020

After handling 306,000 freight tons of wind turbines and components last year, the Port of Duluth-Superior has strong expectations for similar growth in 2020, driven largely by the federal production tax credit (PTC) for wind development, which has triggered massive wind development in the United States, including in the Midwest. Duluth-Superior, on the St. Lawrence Seaway…

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Great Lakes Cruise to make a stop in Duluth Port

January 3, 2020

Here in Duluth we’re used to seeing Lakers, Salties, and even sailboats pass under the Aerial Lift Bridge. But for the first time since 2013, Duluthians will see a cruise ship docked at the port this June. Cruising the Great Lakes. It’s a 14-day, 13-night adventure that takes passengers through the 5-mighty bodies of water…

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‘A new Soo Lock’: Gateway to Lake Superior gets $75 million in funding

December 26, 2019

If additional funding is approved on time, the $922 million project could be completed by 2027. The gateway to Lake Superior is getting its long-awaited upgrade, Great Lakes shippers say, now that $75 million for a new shipping lock at the eastern edge of the big lake has been approved. “We can now definitively say…

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