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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.

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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