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Regional News Briefs: Upper Mississippi shipping season well behind schedule

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WINONA -- The navigation season on the Upper Mississippi River is a few weeks behind this year.

Patrick Moes with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says measurements at Lake Pepin indicate the river is not quite ready for tow boats -- with ice depths generally at least 20 inches still. Moes says the season traditionally opens around March 22nd. The first towboats arrived in Winona this week, dropped off barges and then headed back south.

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