No surprise - shipping plays a large role in the economy of the Twin Ports.  As the Northland and the nation recover from a COVID-affected 2020, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority is registering gains in shipping tonnage - with an especially-robust July.

According to new sources, "Great Lakes Shipping....enjoyed another month of prosperity in July, staying above the five-year average and soaring above the same month last year by almost 64%".  In total, the Duluth-Superior port handled "nearly 4.2 million short tons of maritime cargo in July 2021, pushing the port's season-to-date tonnage total over 12.5 million through July". That tonnage "marked [the ports'] largest float since 2015, helping nudge total tonnage 6% above the five-season average and 40.5% ahead of last season's pace".

It should come as no surprise that shipping numbers are up from last year, when - in head-end of the pandemic - most major shipping traffic curtailed.  Deb DeLuca, Executive Director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority shared:

"It's been a good first half of the shipping season so far and a vigorous rebound from the COVID challenges of 2020.  It's been especially good to see iron ore tonnage jumping back above the five-season average, because it's a bellwether of positivity for our port and our region as a whole".

That positive news continues through all of the different types of cargo that flows through Duluth-Superior.  Iron ore is up, maritime cargo is robust, and resource cargo also showed gains.  Coal and petroleum topped 1 million tons in July and 3.6 million for the season so far, "represent[ing] a threefold increase over the 2020 pace".

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Additionally, the port has also seen continued use in moving general cargo deliveries.  As an example, Duluth-Superior saw "a shipment of heavy-duty mining equipment for iron-mining operations in northeastern Minnesota" during the month of July.

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It's safe to say that probably every part of the country has their own slang words, terms, or language that they use that's commonly understood among members of the community. But - if someone from outside of the area were to hear them, they would either not understand them, or they would misinterpret the meaning that the words have in that particular geographic region. It's no different in Minnesota. Minnesotans have some 'vague' terms that might be open to interpretation from others outside of the state, but have very definitive meanings to natives.

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