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The MV Deana Ann heads up river Monday through Red Wing, marking the beginning of the 2009 shipping season on the upper Mississippi River. The tow and 15 barges carrying agricultural commodities broke through about 10 inches of Lake Pepin ice at about 5:30 a.m., according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The navigation season's average opening date over the past 30 years has been March 20.

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