August 30, 2019 08:01 PM
Rochester’s no stranger to visitors from around the world, and on Friday the Med City was a stop for members of German parliament.
Although they’re an ocean away, the relationship between local representatives and those from North Rhine-Westphalia is simple.
“This is a discussion if you will from the standpoint of friendship, ideas, solutions, so we’ve had good discussions over the last couple about issues that confront us and confront them,” said Sen. David Senjem (R-Rochester), who’s championed the relationship between the two communities for years.
“We have gotten to be friends through other ways, through energy exchanges and thinks like that, through national conventions, but we talked them into coming to Minnesota,” he said.
The 11 visiting members of parliament got a true Minnesotan experience, with a trip to the Mall of America and even the State Fair.
“Had a corn cob and so I liked it very much and so I felt really great,” said Angela Freimuth, Vice President of North Rhine-Westphalia parliament.
The German visitors were in Rochester Friday, touring Mayo Clinic and discussing workforce development at Rochester Career and Technical Education Center (CTECH).
Freimuth said the trip has given the 11 parliament members, as well as local officials, the chance to find common ground and talk solutions.
“Use the opportunity to speak with people, for example, about the workforce development because we have found out in a lot of meetings during the last days, but also in time before that, workforce development is a common issue that we have on both sides of the ocean,” she said.
“The idea that they would come over here and partake of our state and our city here, City of Rochester, is heartwarming and I think can be nothing but good,” Senjem said.
The members of parliament head back to Germany Saturday, and hope to share what they learned in Minnesota with colleagues and constituents back home.
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