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.
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…
The Great Lakes shipping season has kicked off after the iciest winter in 35 years.
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter made its way south on Lake Michigan this week to break up ice in Burns Harbor, to ensure lake freighters and barges can continue to come into the port.
Ships, including iron ore freighters bound for Northwest Indiana steel mills, have been jamming up the ice-choked St. Marys River in recent weeks as they rush to make deliveries before the Soo Locks close this week.
HOBART | A 19-year-old Hobart man and his 13-year-old girlfriend worked as a team in an attempted purse snatching, police said.
HOBART | A Hobart couple broke into a city home and stole a television and other electronics, police said.
HOBART | A 50-year-old Chicago man stole cash from two local stores and a heart monitor from a local hospital, police said.
LAKE STATION | A 21-year-old Gary man sexually abused a girl in Lake Station, police said.
LAKE STATION | A 27-year-old Lake Station man broke in to his dead brother's home and stole cash, tools and guns, police said.
HOBART | Police said a 41-year-old Hobart man shot his 20-year-old cousin and godson in the forearm.
HOBART | A man broke into a Hobart business where he had been a maintenance worker and stole a flat-screen television, police said.
HOBART | Two men stole credit cards from an acquaintance and went on a spending spree at several Hobart stores, police said.
MERRILLVILLE | A 22-year-old Merrillville man attempted to take cash from a fast-food restaurant and then left after the clerk told him she didn't have any money, police said.
HOBART | A 23-year-old Hammond man used a large stick to brutally beat another man outside a Hobart bar, police said.
HOBART | A Valparaiso couple stole a woman's credit card and used it to charge purchases at a Hobart business, police said.
HOBART | A 28-year-old Hobart man has been charged for the second time with burglarizing his parents' Hobart home, police said.
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HOBART | Police said they used blood samples left behind by a Gary man to connect him to an attempted truck theft in Hobart.
HOBART | An Illinois man was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of theft for allegedly stealing $8,000 that was supposed to fund a Hobart youth baseball team's uniforms and tournament fees.
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