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Fishermen stand by as the Roberta Tabor pushes a load of 12 barges past Red Wing Monday morning. The Roberta Tabor was the first vessel to break through the ice on Lake Pepin this year, making this one of the latest starts to up-bound navigation on record.

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The first tow barge of the year broke through icy Lake Pepin early Monday morning, marking one of the latest starts to the Mississippi River up-bound navigation season in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers history.


The Roberta Tabor, operated by American River Transportation Co. out of St. Louis, crunched its way through 12 to 16 inches of ice on the lake en route to St. Paul, said Patrick Moes, spokesperson for the Corps of Engineers.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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