Sister Cities International annual conference comes to Minneapolis

The annual Sister Cities International Annual Conference is in Minneapolis this week, with more than 400 people from 15 countries expected.

Minnesota cities are big on sister city relationships: Minneapolis has 12, St. Paul has nine, Rochester has five, Duluth has four and many other cities are involved, too.

The conference has an opening ceremony on Peavey Plaza Friday, from 10-11 a.m. Organizers say it will include “a parade of flags representing 120 cities carried by children from the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities and local Girl and Boy Scout troops, the singing of our National Anthem by Alyssa Herrig, and remarks from Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis City Council President Barbara Johnson, Sister Cities International’s President and CEO Mary D. Kane.”

Former Gov. Jesse Ventura is scheduled to speak at the group’s Friday luncheon.

On Sunday, there’s a free ice cream social from 1-5 p.m. at the Nicollet Island Pavilion.

There are many workshops and events for delegates from Thursday through Saturday.

Sister Cities International was founded in 1956 by President Eisenhower. It has more than 500 individual sister cities, counties, and states across the United States with relationships in 2,000 communities in 140 countries.

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