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St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman leading delegation to China and Japan

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman left for the Far East, this morning — China and Japan, not Minnehaha Avenue and McKnight Road.

With his arts and culture policy associate Joe Spencer, the mayor will visit St. Paul’s sister-cities of Changsha, China, and Nagasaki, Japan. They’ll be gone for 10 days. Private funding is paying for the trip.

They’re scheduled to meet with 3M and Delta (Northwest) officials there and look at some high-speed rail projects.

Others on the trip with the mayor are: 

Lenny Huie, president of Advanced Technologies Integration; Jenny Hsaio, member of the St. Paul-Changsha Sister City Committee; Karolyn Kirchgesler, president and CEO of the St. Paul Convention and Visitors Authority; John Kusske, member of the Nagasaki Sister City Committee and U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association-MN; Ann O’Neill, member of the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee; Robert Palmer, member of the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee; Bill Pesek, senior landscape architect for St. Paul Parks and Recreation; Jeff Rageth, national manager at 3M; John Mueller, vice president of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers; Mark Schneider,  acting associate director of the U of M Office of International Programs; Elizabeth Simmer, president of the St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee; Jeff Stirling, music director of the St. Paul Civic Symphony; Mary Warpeha, co-president of the U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association-MN; and Mike Xiong, a business analyst for Thomson Reuter.

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