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Coast guard breaks Lake Superior’s ice

Published 1:49pm Saturday, March 8, 2014

SUPERIOR, Wis. — The U.S. Coast Guard is beginning to break the ice on Lake Superior and officials say the process will be difficult this year.

The director of the Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Services, Mark Gill, said it’s the most ice he’s seen on the lake in 25 years. Gill said the record-setting cold winter has ice exceeding 42 inches on the Superior side of the harbor and up to 36 inches of plate ice on the Duluth side.

Gill said that they’ll use commercial tugs to help get boats moving by March 17.

He said the “lakers” are already asking for help to leave the harbor later this month.

The Soo Locks are set to open March 25.