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Pandemic puts the brakes on sister-city visits

Brad Williams



There may not be many official visits between La Crosse and its sister cities for a few months. 

Members of La Crosse’s international committee have discussed the chances of international travel in 2021, while the pandemic continues. 

La Crosse now has seven sister cities: Bantry, Ireland; Dubna, Russia; Epinal, France; Friedberg, Germany; Luoyang, China; and The Republic of Cameroon, Kumbo, West Africa.

The committee discussed the possibility of donating money from the group’s annual budget of $5,000 to several of the cities, instead of paying for travel.     

Political tensions between the U.S. and other countries like China and Russia are another reason for cutting back on visits to the seven foreign communities that La Crosse is partnered with.  

The International Committee states it has representation from each of the sister cities and from citizens interested in promoting international awareness and citizen diplomacy.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    Corrine Olson

    January 27, 2021 at 7:27 am

    You forgot Forde Norway as the 7th sister city. Thats’ why we have the trolls in the garden etc.

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