ST.PAUL, Minn. — The last tow to depart St. Paul for the 2021 shipping season, the Motor Vessel Jonathan Erickson, headed for Lock and Dam 2 near Hastings and points south. The Erickson was pushing five barges with scrap metal, soybeans and grain. This was a week earlier than last year the Motor Vessel The Colonel departed St. Paul on November 30. Historically, the last tow to leave St. Paul usually occurs around the last week of November or the first week of December.

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Through Hastings lock. The season’s last barges heading downriver.