This year marks the 40th anniversary of Minneapolis and Kuopio as sister cities, and planning for its celebration has begun.
The history of the partnership dates back to June 30, 1972, when Kuopio mayor Eino Luukkonen sent a letter to Minneapolis mayor Charles Stenvig, informing him that the Kuopio Municipal Council had named Minneapolis one of its “friendship towns.”
Over the next few months, conversations took place in Minneapolis about the new Sister City program in the U.S. and the letter from Kuopio. On June 1, 1973, a letter from Minneapolis city clerk Lyall Schwarzkopf invited Kuopio to become an official sister city to Minneapolis, following the Minneapolis City Council decision on May 25. On the history page, read about the projects that have brought the two cities together in the 40 years that have followed.
Following his visit to Minneapolis in November last year, Kuopio mayor Petteri Paronen wrote to members of the Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership committee about “positive and important relationships [that] were set up during our visit.” He continued, “I hope this cooperation between our citizens will continue and strengthen onwards, and we will have many opportunities to learn something new from each other.”
Join the Minneapolis Kuopio Partnership contact list and watch the calendar during the year as events are planned to mark this milestone.