Duluth Sister Cities International

Thomsen lead her Echoes of Peace choir at the annual Duluth Sister Cities International fundraising concert, One Village Many Voices, on November 3 at St. Scholastica's Mitchell Auditorium. This year's guest performers included Wheeler, who's best known as the actress who portrayed Janice on TV's Friends. Wheeler is also a singer, songwriter, workshop facilitator. Hassan Dyer is a vocalist, percussionist, vocal improviser, and storyteller who was raised in France and Senegal and has been influenced by the music of West Africa.

Anne Labovitz

Minnesota artist and Duluth native Anne Labovitz is on a 5-year artistic journey celebrating Duluth sister cities.  Through conversations with people and leaders in our five sister cities and in Duluth, Labovitz has created works in paint, words and video that include, reflect and are inspired by these personal interactions.  In 2017 the exhibit will finish its travels to all the Duluth sister cites, culminating in a show at the Tweed Museum of Art in May, 2018.

© Wendy Ruhnke. Used with permission.

Late last month, via Skype, Duluth, Minnesota and Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan became sister cities.

It's Duluth's first new sister city in 24 years ... but with the current fears of terrorism and tension in the Middle East, was the timing of this new partnership off?

Wendy Ruhnke of Duluth's Sister Cities International's executive committee says the timing is just right.