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      Corps awards Lake Mich. harbor dredging contract

      The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Detroit district has awarded a contract to a company to dredge shoal material from two Lake Michigan harbors.

      Holland-based King Company Inc. will use $657,500 to complete maintenance dredging at Grand Haven and Holland harbors in southwestern Michigan.

      District engineer Lt. Col. Robert Ellis says both are essential to marine commerce.

      The work is expected to begin in early April and be completed by late May.

      The company will dredge mostly sandy material from the harbors and place it along the shoreline in Holland and near the shore in Grand Haven.

      The Corps' Detroit district maintains a navigation system that includes 94 harbors and channels that link Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron and Erie.