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City of La Crosse urged to support people of Ukraine, and Russian sister city

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La Crosse’s city council is expected to vote this week to support Ukraine in its war with Russia.

A resolution to “stand with the Ukranian people” has been added to the council agenda for its April meeting on Thursday night. At the same time, the resolution also says sister city relationships with cities in Russia “should be maintained and strengthened” so Russian citizens can speak out for democracy and peace.

La Crosse has been a sister city with Dubna, Russia since the late 1980s, before the fall of the Soviet Union. The city does not have a sister community in Ukraine.

Mayor Mitch Reynolds spoke about issues surrounding Ukraine and Dubna on La Crosse Talk PM on Wednesday, including a Russian flag displayed at the La Crosse Regional Airport.

The resolution is a late addition to the April council agenda by members of the La Crosse International Committee, which oversees sister-city relationships with towns in Russia and other countries.

La Crosse-Dubna gazebo at the international gardens in 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.

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