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La Crosse takes on Luxembourg town as its 8th sister city



Separated by an ocean and more than 4000 miles, a town in Luxembourg became La Crosse’s eighth sister city on Wednesday, during a ceremony connecting the two cities on-line.

“Welcome from your new sister, La Crosse, Wisconsin, in the U.S.A.,” said La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds by internet link to officials and school students gathered at a school building in Junglinster, Luxembourg.

signing ceremony for Luxembourg sister city with La Crosse, Jan. 2023

School exchanges between Junglinster and La Crosse led to the sister city agreement signed by the mayors of both communities.  La Crosse residents with family ties to Luxembourg have also worked on those exchanges, including attorney Jim Birnbaum, who says more trips between the sister cities are being planned now.

Birnbaum says Luxembourg is just twice the size of La Crosse County in area, but it is important to the European economy, with people from surrounding countries working there on a regular basis.

La Crosse’s sister city program began in the 1980’s, with the city of Epinal in France, and Dubna in Russia. Other sister cities are located in Norway, Germany, China, Cameroon, and Ireland.

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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