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Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Statues

Paul Bunyan Pays a Visit to France

By Jake Juliot of Meet Minneapolis. The city of Tours, France is a beautiful place full of richly historical destinations and landmarks, like the medieval center, the Botanical Garden, and. . . Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues?   That last part isn’t true, but Paul and Babe (who are staples of Bemidji, Minnesota) did pay a visit to Tours when Minneapolis, Minnesota was chosen as the featured destination in the “Foire de Tours,” a 10-day regional festival that drew over 300,000 guests from the Loire Valley region of France. This honor was in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Tours-Minneapolis sister city relationship, and gave the delegation the opportunity to bring a taste of Minneapolis culture and history all the way to Tours.   As a Public...view

Martha Levenson leads young Scandinavian fiddlers in "Ballard Bunads"

Seattle Celebrates “Syttende Mai” with Music and Fanfare at Bergen Place Park

By Lori Ann Reinhall, Seattle-Bergen Sister Cities Association. The 17th of May, or “Syttende Mai” as it is known in Norwegian, marks the day Norway ratified its constitution in the town of Eidsvoll (near Oslo) in 1814. After Christmas, it is the most important national holiday — a kind of Norwegian Fourth of July with much fanfare and flag-waving. It is also a special day for Norwegians and their descendants abroad to pay homage to the motherland. Nowhere else is the day observed with more style than in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, which has the largest parade outside of Norway and an array of activities for both young and old. At the center of it all is the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association with their annual Music of Syttende Mai show at...view

Greater Portland and archangel Firefighters participate in a training

A Brotherhood that Spans the Seas: Archangel and Greater Portland Firefighters Strive for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness & Response

Click here to view the original blog on Medium. The strongest bonds are the ones that are forged in times of adversity. It’s no wonder then that the Fire and Rescue professionals of Greater Portland, Maine have such strong relationships with their fellow firefighters—including ones who work over 4,000 miles away in Greater Portland’s sister city: Arkhangelsk (Archangel), Russia. Recently, a team of six Russian firefighters from Archangel, including a Fire Prevention Specialist, a Psychologist for Rescue Service, and two 15 year old rescue cadets studying rescue services visited their counterparts in sister city Greater Portland for a week and a half to attend the annual Maine Fire Chiefs Conference. There, they learned and shared about best practices and strategies in...view

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