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Great Lakes shipping season ends

A map of the Great Lakes
A map of the Great Lakes

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The Great Lakes shipping season ended overnight, after the locks closed at Sault Sainte Marie along the Canadian-and-Upper Michigan border.

Officials estimate that last year's shipping on Lake Superior was 1-to-2 percent higher than in 2012.

Jim Sharrow of the Port Authority at Duluth-Superior predicts higher activity in the New Year, as iron ore shipments -- one of the basic cargoes at the harbor -- will be busier again. The next shipping season begins when the Soo Locks re-open on March 25th. In the meantime, Sharrow says crews in the Twin Ports will be working on at least 10 freighters over the next two months.

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