Did you know that Montevideo MN has a sister city? Yep! … Montevideo, Uruguay.
Pioneer Public Television’s documentary does a wonderful job of capturing the importance of this relationship. Via Skype, high school Juniors and Seniors ask questions, explore stereotypes and realize just how small our world truly is. We are as similar yet as different as our definition of how to play football! A perfect example of how technology can break down barriers and build cultural bridges.
The story begins in 1905. Montevideo, Uruguay mailed a flag to Montevideo, Minnesota. Because we are Minnesota Nice, we mailed one back. According to the Montevideo.org website ~
With 6,000 miles between them and commercial airlines not yet invented, odds were that the connection would fade. But a lively give-and-take has endured between these two cities that defies explanation.
It’s one of the oldest of the thousands of city-to-city partnerships in the nation and is well known among the national leaders who oversee them.
“Minnesota and Uruguay are definitely unique among the partners, ” said Melissa Golladay, a director at Washington, D.C.-based Partners of the Americas, a network of the 60-some partnerships that the Montevideos joined in 1965. “They share the same name and a cultural bond. It’s amazing the impact they’ve had in their communities.”
‘Our prosperity depends on one another and as neighbors, partners and equals, we can achieve far more together then we ever could apart’ …kind of sounds like a cooperative, doesn’t it?!MVTV Wireless ‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’ FaceBook