In 1991, Columbia Heights joined Sister Cities International and selected Lomianki, Poland as its Sister City.
In 1944, a plane of Allied flyers was shot down during the Warsaw uprising, near Lomianki. The brother of a long time Columbia Heights resident was on that mission. In 1987, the people of Lomianki erected a monument in memory of the American flyers who lost their lives. Because of this personal connection Lomianki was selected as our Sister City.
The Sister Cities committee is a group of volunteers dedicated to encouraging and promoting the exchange of humanitarian, cultural, social, economic traditions and enabling the understanding, appreciation and friendship between peoples.
The City of Lomianki renamed one of its thoroughfares "Columbia Heights Boulevard" and in 1994 Columbia Heights renamed one of its parks "Lomianki Park"
In September 2005, 17 Sister City members spent five days visiting Lomianki as part of their 10 day tour of Poland. They were present for the start of the distribution of the 240 new wheelchairs donated to the needy of the Lomianki/Warsaw areas. This humanitarian endeavor was co-sponsored by the Behring Wheelchair Foundation.
Sister City brochure - Columbia Heights, Minnesota and Lomianki, Poland
2012 Special Activities
- Sponsored the Sister Cities' sixth annual Showcase for Young Artists and second annual Showcase for Young Authors.
- Members participated in the elegant Carnival Ball at the St. Paul Hotel on February 18, 2012.
- A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Dolores Strand, Co Chair , for exemplary contributions to the Polish Community by the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota. This is the first time a non-Pole has received this special recognition.
- Participated in Chicago's outstanding Polish Constitution Day Parade on May 5th, 2012.
- Presented an informative programs on Poland at the Lighthouse of Columbia Heights Senior Living Community.
- Provided free classes in Polish Language, History and Culture. Gloria and Tom Bergstrom volunteered to teach English for six weeks at a youth camp in Torun, Poland.
- Members Phyllis Hosted and John Bieniek represented us at Lomianki's traditional commermorative ceremony on Sept. 22, 2012, to honor the memory of the American Flyers of the "Fratic 7" U.S. Air Force Mission.
- October 21, 2012 had a fundraiser for our various humanitarian projects at Murzyn Hall in honor of Polish American Heritage Month declared by Mayor Peterson.
- Honored the passing of Walter Logacz, prominent Columbia Heights resident and Sister Cities member, with a "Celebration of Life" reception on September 30, 2012. Friend Walter will be deeply missed by ALL.
The Sister City Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm, at City Hall.
Staff contact: City Clerk (763) 706-3611