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The mighty, military Mississippi: U.S. Army conducts drills on river

The U.S. Army used Hastings for its training ground May 20. Courtesy of Nancy Zimmerman 1 / 3
A military boat zooms along the Mississippi during training. Courtesy of Nancy Zimmerman 2 / 3
Military boats were spotted on the Mississippi River May 20 for drills on the water. Courtesy of Nancy Zimmerman 3 / 3

HASTINGS — Some boating equipment spotted under the Hastings Bridge on the Mississippi River May 20 was a little out of the ordinary.

The U.S. Army generally holds its drills in Red Wing, but launched its boat a little farther north this year, using the boat launch in Hastings instead.

Residents could see soldiers and the boat training under the city's trademark bridge.