Back at the waterfront for Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Updated: March 18, 2021 08:35 PM
Created: March 18, 2021 06:53 AM

In the home of a former school, the Duluth Seaway Port Authority has returned to the waterfront. "There's a huge sense of excitement. We can see the water from our offices, see the terminal," Deb DeLuca said. She's the executive director.

The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce helped them celebrate being in the new space off Garfield with a ribbon cutting on Thursday.

Pieces of the original building remain, including some of the iron staircase and the bricks made in Wrenshall. 

The Soo locks open in less than a week. And in fact, are opening 12 hours earlier than normal. "The Army Corp of Engineers operates the locks. And industry partners asked if they could be open early, to accelerate the movement of iron ore from Minnesota down bound to the steel mills on the lower lakes," DeLuca added.

Usually, the locks open at midnight on March 25th. This year, they'll open at noon on March 24th.

When it's safe to do so, the port authority will hold an open house so the public can see the space.

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