Coast Guard starts ice-breaking operation

SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. (AP) — An annual ice-breaking effort is starting on waterways in and around northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie says Operation Taconite commenced Monday in response to expanded ice growth in commercial ports along western Lake Superior and the St. Marys River in the eastern Upper Peninsula.

Operation Taconite encompasses Lake Superior, the St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, Georgian Bay, Green Bay, northern Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan.