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The Alpena, Lee A. Tregurtha, and the USCG cutter Alder battle heavy ice conditions in Lake Superior near Duluth Wednesday afternoon. The lakers were stuck in the heavy ice and are waiting for a heavier ice breaker to make its way to this area of the lake. (Clint Austin / caustin@duluthnews.com)

Lake Superior ice snares two lakers

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A pair of lakers spent much of the day Wednesday grinding their way out of the Twin Ports after they were beset by ice just outside the harbor.

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The Lee A. Tregurtha was the first one waylaid by ice. The laker, a member of the Interlake Steamship Co. fleet, passed under the Aerial Lift Bridge at

9:18 a.m. and made it about halfway through the ice pack before becoming stuck.

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