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Cold weather, ice cover blamed for 70% cargo drop at Port of GB

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The amount of cargo that went in and out of the Port of Green Bay was down by 70 percent in April, compared to the same month a year ago.  

Record ice covers on the Great Lakes were blamed -- along with a cold and wet spring.  

Dean Haen of Brown County's port agency said the drop was not caused by any drop in economic activity.  

The port handled about 58,000 tons of cargo last month, down from 196,000 tons in April of 2013.

Only five ships went in or out of Green Bay's port last month, down from 15 boats the year before. The first ship arrived on April 18th, about three weeks later than normal. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)