by Pam Louwagie, Star Tribune

Deacon Steve Moses from Northfield, U.S.A. [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

– The maroon and gold tugboat has been bobbing around the Lake Superior harbor of this North Shore town for almost all of its 123 years, escorting ships picking up iron ore bound for Eastern steel mills.

The vessel dubbed “Edna G.” — once considered among the finest tugs on the Great Lakes — has become so synonymous with Two Harbors that its image appears on signs lining the main thoroughfare, on the city’s website home page and even on the municipal liquor store.

But lately, the tugboat has been caught in a virtual tug of war.

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