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      Escanaba harbor gets dredging grant

      It will be smooth sailing in Escanaba's harbor thanks to a grant from the Department of Natural Resources.

      A sand bar is constantly washing into the mouth of the harbor, making parts of it shallow. The Escanaba harbor master says the last time it was cleaned out was 11 years ago, and it's in dire need of another dredging. Thanks to a grant from the DNR, it will be.

      "Eventually our harbor mouth would be shut off or at least to the point where it would be hazardous for especially sailboats to come in and out," said Harbor Master Larry Gravatt.

      The project is estimated to cost $142,000 and will be fully paid for by the DNR. A construction meeting will be held September 18 and the project will begin soon after.

      It's believed to only take a week to finish and should be completed by the end of the month.