Miss Doris chugs by

Mar 25, 2020
A photo by Gregory Keyport of a tugboat named Miss Doris passing by Lake Ctiy on its way upstream on March 18 in yet another sign of spring. Here’s a limerick about it: 
 There once was a boat named Miss Doris 
That tugged barges to St. Paul from St. Louis
 It passed by Lake City on the Mississippi...

Navigation season set to close

Nov 20, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is urging all navigation enthusiasts within the Upper Mississippi River to prepare for the upcoming navigation closure.Corps officials are asking to have all navigation vessels move south of Lock and Dam 6, near Trempealeau, Wis., no later than...
Photo by Larry Nielson

Michael Poindexter opens the navigation season on Lake Pepin

Apr 11, 2018
The first barge of the season passed through Lake Pepin Tuesday, April 10. Larry Nielson, the captain of the Pearl of the Lake paddlewheel boat, took this photo of the Motor Vessel Michael Poindexter as it entered the lower end of Lake Pepin at around 7 p.m. that day. He said it “encountered a...

Letter: Gandy dancers on a Saturday night and other Great Depression memories

Apr 4, 2018
To the editor: In the “good old days” There were no TV’s, cell phones, email or Twitter. People actually conversed. Radio was in it’s infancy and telephone usually involved a party line. Families sat down at he table for meals and had meaningful discussions. At our house there was usually a guest...

First barge arrives on Lake Pepin

Mar 16, 2017
The first tow of the season, Stephen L Colby passed through Lake Pepin upbound with 12 barges overnight on Wednesday, March 8, according to Larry Nielson, who submitted this photo of the boat tied up just below Lake Pepin near Reads Landing early in the morning because of the high winds. She spent...

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