SAULT STE. MARIE,
Mich. (AP) -- U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard cutters are breaking ice at
several locations in the Great Lakes in preparation for resumption of the
commercial shipping season.
locks at Sault Ste. Marie are scheduled to reopen Sunday after the winter
shutdown, allowing shipments of iron ore, coal and other bulk cargo between
Lakes Superior and the other lakes.
Coast Guard crews
are clearing pathways in Lake Superior, Lake Michigan's Green Bay, the St.
Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac and Lake Huron's Georgian Bay.
Most of the work
will be in Superior, where more than 50 percent of the surface is still
covered with ice.