Wendy Ruhnke

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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.