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Sioux Falls and Potsdam Celebrate Sister City Relationship With Visit From Lord Mayor Jann Jakobs

Lord Mayor Jann Jakobs of Sioux Falls’ sister city Potsdam, Germany, is visiting Sioux Falls this week. A group of 11 Potsdam community leaders will tour Sioux Falls, learn more about our great city, and attend the annual Germanfest celebration.

“I am so thrilled to host Lord Mayor Jakobs and other friends from Potsdam. Sioux Falls is rolling out the red carpet for our sister city visitors,” says Mayor Mike Huether.

In June 2014, Mayor Huether and First Lady Cindy Huether visited Potsdam to represent Sioux Falls and spoke at a christening service for a new streetcar named “Sioux Falls.”

“I’m so very excited to visit Sioux Falls again. My last trip to Sioux Falls was in March 2003. I’m convinced that Sioux Falls has seen significant development since that time. I’m anxious to see that, of course. Another point is to visit good friends of Potsdam and the sister cities relationship. Together with the members of my delegation and with our friends in Sioux Falls—above all Mayor Mike Huether—we want to strengthen existing relationships and define new fields of cooperation. The relationship between Potsdam and Sioux Falls, honored with the prize for the most active German-American sister-cities partnership in 2016, contributes to good relations between our two countries. Last but not least, I’m excited to visit the Germanfest,” says Mayor Jakobs.

 The media is welcome to cover several events during this group’s visit to Sioux Falls:

  • Wednesday, September 6 • 1 p.m.—tour of Midco® Aquatic Center
  • Wednesday, September 6 • 1:45 p.m.—tour of Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
  • Friday, September 8 • 9 a.m.—tour of Sanford Research and Children’s Hospital
  • Friday, September 8 • 12 noon—event at Augustana University
  • Saturday, September 9 • 6:30 p.m.—tapping the keg at Germanfest
  • Monday, September 11 • 9:30 a.m.—tour of Avera eCARE and Prairie Center

The first official sister cities agreement between Potsdam and Sioux Falls was signed by Sioux Falls Mayor Jack White two weeks before German reunification on October 3, 1990. In 2008, Sioux Falls partnered with Newry & Mourne of Northern Ireland to become a second sister city. Dozens of exchanges have taken place. Some visitors have included medical students, veterinary students, nurses, high school and college students, teachers, and business groups. At the core of all sister cities relationships is an agreement, signed by the Mayors of each city, reflecting their mutual commitment to building bridges between governments, businesses, and individuals.

For more information or to learn further details about the group’s itinerary, please contact Communications Specialist Heather Hitterdal at 605-367-8802.