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Sioux Falls Mayor is Back from Potsdam

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 Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether just got back from a trip of a lifetime He and his wife paid for a vacation to Potsdam Germany, the sister city of Sioux Falls and a came back with a renewed appreciation for the sister city program and a craving for strudel. Nancy Naeve sat down with him in his office in city hall.

In German, Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether said something to the effect that "We are Potsdammers" and he said everyone in the crowd screamed with joy.  It was part of the Mayor's speech that he gave, in German,   thanking Potsdam Mayor Jann Jakobs for naming a streetcar  "Sioux Falls" in honor of his visit and to thank us for the partnership.

"Here's our streetcar, it's got Sioux Falls on the outside and then on the inside, it's also got a story book about our city and a picture of the fall," Mayor Huether said.

The mayor said without a doubt that was the highlight of the trip.

"They did this as a special honor for the visit and Nancy, I was so blessed by it. It was just great," the mayor said.

The mayor and his wife Cindy spent 4 days, earlier this month, in our sister city which is located just outside of Berlin. The mayor quickly noticed that people there don't own homes or cars. They walk, bike or take the bus and live in apartments and condos. 

 "There I'm the uber burgermeister," laughed the mayor.

It sounds funny,  but means  the head of a city. Both of these uber burgermeisters are in charge of rapidly growing, similar sized  communities with what Huether calls uncanny synergy. Both mayors strongly supported the addition of an entertainment venue. Us; the Sanford Premier Center. Potsdam; a brand new Performing Arts Center, but the Germans also take their history very seriously.

"They're investing millions of dollars in their old building, their old museums, old castles and their old parks. It's thrilling to see," Mayor Huether said.

The mayor is part german so he grew up eating things like cabbage rolls, but when he had this dish at a Potsdam restaurant, he said it's the best thing he'd ever had.

"I can still almost taste it. I just called it a cabbage roll and it had a salty brown gravy on it and then throw on a pilsner and it was delicious," the mayor said.

It was a perfect vacation for the mayor filled with diplomacy, education and guDeutschech lebensmittel... good eats!

Potsdam's Mayor is considering a trip to Sioux Falls. Mayor Huether is trying to talk him in to coming during Germanfestsponsoreded by our sister city organization) at thbeginningng of September.  The mayor also hopes to add more signage around town to promote and stimulate our sister city partnership 
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