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The Algosteel unloads it's cargo of road salt at the Port of Milwaukee Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.

Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press - Ap

Ships bring eagerly awaited salt to Wisconsin

  • Associated Press
  • February 5, 2014 - 1:00 PM

MILWAUKEE — Two ships carrying about 50,000 tons of salt have arrived in Wisconsin, where some communities have started mixing sand with salt to stretch their supplies.

The city of Milwaukee had used 62,000 tons of salt before two storms that hit Saturday and Wednesday. That's already 5,000 tons more than it uses in a typical winter.

Cities nationwide have been running low on salt with snowstorms hitting early and often this winter.

The salt being delivered Wednesday at the Port of Milwaukee belongs to Kansas-based North American Salt Co. Spokeswoman Tara Hart says it comes from the largest salt mine in the world, which is in Goderich, Ontario, Canada.

Hart says the salt will be stored in Milwaukee until it is distributed to customers in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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