Germans officials to visit NDSU and North Dakota
July 15, 2003
NDSU will host guests from the Federal Ministry of Interior of
Germany during their visit to North Dakota from July 29-31. Jochen
Welt, federal government commissioner; Klaus Poehle, director general;
and Dr. Alexander Schumacher, administrative assistant, travel to
Bismarck, Fargo and Germans from Russia communities in south central
North Dakota. Hosting the group in North Dakota will be Michael
M. Miller, Germans from Russia Bibliographer, NDSU. Miller met with
the German officials while he was in Bonn, Germany on June 4.
Jochen Welt is a member of the Deutscher Bundestag and is responsible
for ethnic Germans in the former Soviet Union immigrating to Germany.
Since 1989, close to three million ethnic Germans have immigrated
to Germany from Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Sibieria, and other
former Soviet states. His office is responsible for many economic,
educational and cultural projects in the former Soviet Union. Many
of these ethnic Germans have long lost relatives in North Dakota.
The German officials begin their visit to the USA in Washington,
D.C., where they meet representatives of the federal government
and the U.S. Senate.
The German officials are interested to meet the with university
and state officials regarding small business incubator and economic
development projects. They will meet with the Germans from Russia
community to learn about how this ethnic group assimilated and adapted
to life in North Dakota.
The group travels to Bismarck to meet with Governor John Hoeven
and Lee Peterson, Commissioner of the Department of Commerce. They
will tour the new building of Germans from Russia Heritage Society
and meet with the local German-Russian community.
In south central North Dakota, the group will visit German Russian
historic sites including the Lawrence Welk Homestead, Sts. Peter
& Paul Catholic Church and an iron cross cemetery. State Senator
Robert Erbele will host the group at his buffalo ranch north of
In Fargo, officials will visit NDSU's Technology Research Park,
the Northern Crops Institute and the Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection. Staff at Prairie Public Television will meet to discuss
cooperative documentary projects on the history and culture of the
Germans from Russia.
From North Dakota, the German officials travel to the Los Angeles
area where they will meet with German Russian families with roots
to the the central and northern plains states.
For further information, contact: Michael M. Miller, NDSU Libraries,
Fargo (Tel: 701-231-8416; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).