Duluth Welcomes Guests From our Sister City, Petrozavodsk, Russia

Duluth Welcomes Guests From our Sister City, Petrozavodsk, Russia

By KBJR News 1

February 28, 2013 Updated Feb 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM CDT


Duluth Sister Cities International welcomed two guests from our sister city, Petrozavodsk, Russia late Tuesday night.
Today at 6 they held a dinner to officially celebrate the 26 year relationship between the two cities.

The dinner was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church and included an exchange of gifts. Harp music provided entertainment for the night.

The Russian visitors include the Vice Mayor and Chair of the Committee on Housing and Utilities and the city's head of the Department of Culture.

They leave early Sunday morning but have a jam packed schedule to soak up all they can about Duluth.

The goal is to learn how Duluth deals with cultural, economic and environmental issues.

"As the minister of culture, I'm interested cultural institutions in the city of Duluth... for example today we looked at a children's museum and it was very interesting we don't have such a thing in Petrozavodsk," says Sergey Solovyov, head of the culuture board in Petrozavodsk.

Tomorrow the delegates receive domestic violence training based off the Duluth Model which is studied internationally.

This trip follows a trip by ten women from Petrozavodsk to learn the Duluth Model as well.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware