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Lake Pepin ice putting Mississippi River shipping season on hold

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With portions of Lake Pepin still covered by 27 inches of ice it may be awhile before the opening of the shipping season on the upper Mississippi River.

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Ice measurements taken April 3 show that areas of the lake near Lake City have between 22-27 inches of ice.

"Tow operating companies tell us that they like to see 12 inches of ice or less before they'll try to push through," said Mark Davidson, a spokesman for the St. Paul District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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