Jun 27, 2012 at 8:58 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - Five years ago, as part of the city's 150th anniversary St. Cloud established a new sister city relationship with the idyllic Bavarian town of Spalt, Germany.
Now, for the third time since 2006, a delegation, including Spalt's mayor, will arrive for a visit later this week. On the agenda, tour Central Minnesota, celebrate independence American style and, maybe, lay the foundation for a thriving, and tasty, potential business.
"Spalt has a brewery, the last municipal brewery in Germany," St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis told KNSI. "We hope and anticipate that we will be able to distribute their 'Spalter Beer' in St. Cloud before the end of the year, that's the goal."
No promises, but Kleis says an announcement to bring that pure German beer to bars and refrigerators here in St. Cloud could come soon.
"It creates a little commerce between the two communities as well," Kleis said. "It is something that they are very proud of and it would be nice to have that Spalter Beer, our sister city beer right here in St. Cloud."
The weeklong stay in Minnesota will give Spalt mayor Udo Weingart and the rest of the German contingent plenty of unique experiences.
"They'll be at the Rox game on Friday night and a number of other events that will be taking place throughout the week that they are here and of course the 4th of July," Kleis said. "They wanted to be here to celebrate America's birthday; they have never been here for a 4th of July celebration."
Kleis saus this is the third Spalt delegation to visit since the two cities became linked. Originally the link was forged due to the high number of St. Cloud residents through the years with German back-grounds. Kleis says an effective and meaningful sister-city relationship has to be based on history and heritage.
"It kind of denotes some period in time or some significant event. Of course this[relationship with Spalt] was for our 100 year anniversary, so it made sense. 50 years ago it made sense with St. Cloud, France."
Leaders from both St. Cloud and Spalt in a joint town hall meeting Friday night at 8:30 a.m. The park, so aptly named for the occasion, took the name of the German sister-city when Spalt celebrated its 1200th anniversary.
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
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