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Dubuque hosts Sister City delegation

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A delegation from Dornbirn, Austria, are visiting their Sister City Dubuque this weekend.

The five representatives visited Mount Calvary Cemetery Saturday, where immigrants to Dubuque from their homeland are buried.

The group includes the city's archivist and a historian. They say in the mid-1800s, 200 people left Dornbirn and came to Dubuque.

Names in that wave of immigrants include the Rhombergs, Klockers, Schwendingers, Blasers, Thurnhers, Lugers, Broells and the Albrichs.

Now, Dornbirn has a population of about 50,000 people.

Marie-Louise Hinterauer is a Dornbirn City Council member and part of the delegation.

"I can imagine that the people who came over here about 180 years ago, they felt like being a little bit at home, because it's nature, it's nice surrounding, and it's beautiful space, where you live," Hinterauer said.

This is the second visit from a Dornbirn delegation. The mayor came to Dubuque last year.

The official Sister City proclamation is nearly complete. The mayor of Dornbirn will sign it after the delegation returns.

The delegates say they hope Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol can come visit Dornbirn.

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