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Sister city match with Luxembourg moves ahead



The newest sister-city partnership for La Crosse may be official within a few weeks. 

A proposal to accept Junglinster in Luxembourg as a sister city will soon go to the La Crosse city council, since the city International Committee has approved the idea. 

Attorney Jim Birnbaum’s family originally came to La Crosse from Luxembourg, and he tells us that an archbishop from Luxembourg helped pave the way for this project with a visit to La Crosse in 2007. The current U.S. ambassador from Luxembourg just came to La Crosse in June.     

Birnbaum says many immigrants from that European country may have come to La Crosse because it felt like home.

“If you go there (to Junglinster) and drive, you think you’re in La Crosse,” he says. “It looks just like La Crosse. It has bluffs, it has a river.”  

Exchanges with Junglinster already have involved Viterbo, UW-L, and Aquinas.       

The seven existing sister-city partnerships with La Crosse include Epinal, France…Luoyang, China…and Dubna, Russia.

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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