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Anna Zavadskaya (center) of Yelizovo, Russia, reacts to seeing cutting boards made from recycled cardboard and plastic, during a presentation by Natural Resources Research Institute program director Pat Donahue in the institute’s mechanical test lab on Wednesday. Zavadskaya works with the Kronotsky State Biosphere Reservation. (Bob King /

Innovation — in Russia or Duluth

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A distinct piece of Duluth soon will be adorning countertops in Russia. That’s because a group of Russians toured the Natural Resources Research Institute and got to take home an Epicurean cutting board, a local product the NRRI helped develop through its mechanical test lab.


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