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Interpreter Tatiana Kornstad (from left) of Solon Springs explains the food at a potluck farewell dinner on Friday night for Russian delegates Kristina Sorokina, Nataliya Loymoyeva and Yulia Kirindyasova at the home of Cherie Sawinski in Duluth. (Clint Austin /

Duluth hosts bid farewell to Russian guests

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The Petrozavodsk Sister Cities program with Duluth has been going on since 1987 — starting before the end of the Cold War and throughout various periods of warming and cooling relations between the countries involved. Throughout the years, the cities have exchanged doctors, teachers, students of all kinds and, this week, social workers exploring ways to prevent family violence.


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