Tow boats and barges have resumed their journeys northward as the Mississippi River officially opened for business today, one day ahead of schedule, signaling the end of a fairly mild winter. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the MV Deana Ann towed seven barges through the lock and dams in Red Wing and Hastings on its way to St. Paul, Minnesota. The average annual opening date for the river is March 20 although last year the Mississippi did not see traffic until March 31.

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Source: Marshall Independent/AP


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