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U.S. Steel shrinks loss despite weather woes

U.S. Steel shrinks loss despite weather woes

The Donald C. tug boat broke through ice in the Port of Indiana in January. Earlier this year, U.S. Steel had to curtail steelmaking operations at Gary Works because the ice conditions on the Great Lakes were so bad ships were not able to deliver iron ore. U.S. Steel said the weather's impac…

July 29, 2014 3:22 pm
Great Lakes iron ore shipments pick back up

Great Lakes iron ore shipments pick back up

Iron ore shipments to Midwestern steel mills are down 26 percent so far this year, after an unforgiving winter choked the Great Lakes with the thickest and most extensive ice in decades.

June 17, 2014 11:24 pm
Coast Guard did nearly three times as much icebreaking this winter

Coast Guard did nearly three times as much icebreaking this winter

Northwest Indiana steel mills rely on a steady flow of shipping traffic across the Great Lakes to provide them with enough raw materials to forge metal, but the record-setting ice was so thick this winter that a boat trip that normally takes 12 hours stretched for eight days in February. Th…

May 19, 2014 11:59 am
Gary Works running at reduced capacity

Gary Works running at reduced capacity

GARY | The nation's largest steel mill is still running at reduced capacity, and iron ore sourcing problems persist because of the worst winter for Great Lakes shipping in decades.

April 16, 2014 7:45 pm Photos

Photos

Icy, snow-covered roads cause crashes, slow a.m. commute

Icy, snow-covered roads cause crashes, slow a.m. commute

As much as 5 inches of snow fell in some parts of the region Monday night into Tuesday morning, causing multiple accidents on area roadways.

April 15, 2014 10:02 am
Steelmaking idled at Gary Works

Steelmaking idled at Gary Works

The winter from hell has caused the shutdown of blast furnaces that normally burn around the clock at U.S. Steel Gary Works.

April 04, 2014 3:00 pm Photos

Photos

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April 04, 2014 12:00 am
Expert: No major impact of BP oil spill on wildlife expected

Expert: No major impact of BP oil spill on wildlife expected

WHITING | The release of up to 1,638 gallons of crude oil into Lake Michigan from BP's Whiting Refinery will likely not harm area wildlife -- in large part -- thanks to the long, brutal winter.

March 28, 2014 10:45 am Related
Ice causes problems during Thursday morning commute

Ice causes problems during Thursday morning commute

Slushy snowmelt that froze on local streets Wednesday night caused some problems for motorists Thursday morning.

March 13, 2014 5:00 pm Related
Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

The Donald C. tug boat breaks through ice in the Port of Indiana in January. Forecasters say the ice cover on the lake and runoff from snowpack on the land will help bring lake levels back near average.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

Agencies issue forecasts for spring thaw

Port of Indiana Operations Manager Nick Szymarek stands in January on a break wall overlooking a frozen Lake Michigan on the west side of the port. The ice on the lake is expected to linger, causing cooler air temperatures as spring begins.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
Lower temps cause slick roads, easing flooding concerns

Lower temps cause slick roads, easing flooding concerns

Lower temperatures caused black ice on some area roadways Friday morning, keeping area police busy responding to slide-off and spin-out crashes.

February 21, 2014 1:40 pm Related
Meryl Davis, Charlie White

Meryl Davis, Charlie White

American ice dancers Meryl Davis, left, and Charlie White perform their free dance during the team figure skating event at the Winter Olympics. Davis and White finished first in their event Sunday, helping the U.S. team to a bronze medal.

February 09, 2014 4:42 pm

Winter weather hampers delivery

Over the last few weeks, mail carriers have swaddled themselves in layers, clutched hand-warmers and donned boots with at least 2 inches of tread.

February 05, 2014 3:30 pm
Winter storm warning in effect for NWI, Chicago area until 6 p.m. Saturday

Winter storm warning in effect for NWI, Chicago area until 6 p.m. Saturday

More snow is on the way, with a chaser of freezing rain and sleet that has forecasters warning travel could be "hazardous to impossible" Saturday.

January 31, 2014 7:53 pm Related

Warm weekend spoils Valpo ice-making efforts

VALPARAISO | One thing has been missing from the city Parks Department's annual activities that involve ice the last couple of years: the ice.

January 11, 2014 7:02 pm
Port of Indiana

Port of Indiana

The Donald C. tug boat breaks through ice in the Port of Indiana on Friday. An early freeze of Lake Michigan this season put a damper on shipping.

January 10, 2014 3:57 pm
Port of Indiana

Port of Indiana

Longshoreman work on the Donald C. tub boat Friday as it pushes a barge into the Port of Indiana.

January 10, 2014 3:56 pm
Steelmaking idled at Gary Works

Steelmaking idled at Gary Works

The Donald C. tug boat broke through ice in the Port of Indiana in January. U.S. Steel has temporarily curtailed steelmaking operations at Gary Works because the ice conditions on the Great Lakes are so bad ships have not been able to deliver iron ore.

January 10, 2014 3:57 pm
Port of Indiana

Port of Indiana

The Donald C. tugboat works to break through ice Friday in the Port of Indiana. Lake Michigan had an early freeze this season putting a damper on shipping. Even though the Soo Locks close from January through March, there remains a fair amount of Great Lakes shipping, especially to the local…

January 10, 2014 3:40 pm
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