WINONA, Minnesota (FOX 47) -- The first barges of the season departed from the ports of Winona Wednesday.
The Port Authority reports that within the last 48 hours, all of the ports south of Lake Pepin have opened.
The shipping season usually starts at the end of March, but the late winter has pushed it back several days. A few patches of ice remain on the river, but the main part of the channel is open.
The port authority tells us tug boats have traveled from St. Louis to knock out the rest of the ice.
Shipping season runs through the end of November.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.