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La Crosse may add sister city in Luxembourg

Brad Williams

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La Crosse has sister-city connections to communities in China, Russia, Ireland and other nations, and tiny Luxembourg could be next to join that list. 

The La Crosse international committee is being asked to designate a sister city in that European nation, which is about the size of La Crosse County. 

The plan is being promoted by local attorney Jim Birnbaum, who’s aware of two cities in Luxembourg which could qualify for the honor.    

Birnbaum says Aquinas High School and Viterbo already have established some cultural exchanges with Luxembourg, and he hopes a sister-city connection could help the local business community.

His family came from Luxembourg to La Crosse in 1880, and later built the Luxembourg Hotel on 10th Street, near the Viterbo campus.

La Crosse has partnered with seven sister cities since the 1980’s, and gardens honoring those cities are located at the north end of Riverside Park.

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.