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      Freighter hauling salt is freed from Saginaw River

      Algorail/Algoma Central Corp.

      A Great Lakes freighter that became stuck while hauling salt in the Saginaw River has been freed.

      The 650-foot Algorail was on its way to Sargent Docks & Terminal Inc. in Zilwaukee when it got stuck about 5 a.m. Tuesday near Bay City. The ship was freed from the bottom about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

      Dock Manager Jim Cnudde says the grounding shows the importance of getting the Saginaw River dredged.

      The freighter is owned by Algoma Central Corp., based in the Toronto suburb of St. Catharines, Ontario.

      A tug boat unloaded some of the salt from the freighter onto a nearby barge to make it easier to free the Algorail.

      The Coast Guard says the grounding didn't interfere with other river traffic.