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Navy Week Duluth Events Kick Off Monday With Sailors Mulching

Updated: 08/18/2014 6:14 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 4:31 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

For a group of USS Minnesota sailors, work above water is a nice change.

"It's great to be out here with nature and help these beautiful trees," USS Minnesota Chief Steven Williams said.

Williams and his crew were helping the city by mulching on Park Point Monday. It's just one community action project for Navy Week Duluth that started Monday.

"Cities in the interior of the United States, they don't always get to see sailors very often," Community Outreach Action Officer Javan Rasnake said. "They don't get to talk face to face to sailors, talk about their jobs, what they do, why they do it."

That's what Navy Week is all about; it gives folks in different parts of the country the chance to ask those questions.

Williams said some popular questions are about windows and food on the submarine.

"There are no windows in submarines; we have parascopes for that," Williams said. "For the food, it's the best in the navy."

State Senator and Naval Officer Roger Reinert said he's excited Navy Week is here in Duluth.

"We've had navy presence in Duluth before, but we've never had a full blown Navy Week like we're having now," Reinert said. "It's really a chance for a lot of navy folks to get their first experience of Minnesota and Duluth."

The mulching project was just the beginning of Navy Week. There are many events going on for people to enjoy.

On Thursday, the Heritage Sports Center in Duluth will host the Boys and Girls Club from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Leap Frogs will parachute in to join other sailors for the event.

Divers will also perform at the Great Lakes Aquarium from 2:30 to 3:30 on Thursday.

On Friday, the Ex-USS Duluth Anchor will be dedicated from 2 to 3 p.m. in Canal Park.

Later that night, they'll be at Movies in the Park at Leif Erickson Park. For a full list of events, click here.

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