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Russian Mayor visits sister city La Crosse

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – In 1990, La Crosse established a sister city relationship with Dubna, Russia.

In that time, the cities have shared ideas about education, health care and business.

Friday, Dubna's mayor, Valery Prokh, visited with Mayor Tim Kabat to discuss ways to build more parks in his city.

It started with a table meet. The two mayors, from two different countries, shared ideas from their different cultures.

"Almost every project we have started here that comes from La Crosse continues to work in Dubna," Prokh said through a translator. "For example, we have a diabetic school, a center for alcohol prevention, a women's health center, and different kind of projects that continue to work."

Parks and Recreation Director Steve Carlyon, also at Friday's meeting, discussed how his department puts together strategic plans and lays out a budget to get a park project underway.

He said La Crosse has 47 registered parks.

Dubna has only a few, Prokh said, adding he plans to build an international garden, similar to the one in Riverside Park.

"And the first place in our international park will be La Crosse," Prokh said.

"We're just very happy that they're here," Kabat said. "That Dubna and La Crosse have this great relationship," Kabat said.

Prokh toured Grandad Bluff, Riverside Park and the Riverside International Friendship Gardens Friday afternoon.

This is his 14th trip to La Crosse.

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