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DETROIT (WKZO) -- The calendar says so and another sign that spring is here is the annual opening of the Soo Locks in northern Michigan.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the locks just after midnight Monday morning marking the beginning of the 2013 shipping season on the Great Lakes.  The observation deck was opened to visitors early Monday morning and an open house was held today at the Soo Locks Visitor Center.

The locks were shut down on January 15th for routine repairs and maintenance.

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