The Sister Cities Commission presented the 2019 Recognition Award to Sue Marti, Ed Portner, and Carolyn Marti Smith Monday night for their work hosting Hans Joohs Exchange visitors. Sue said that they have hosted 4 ladies in their home and it has grown to lifeong friendships. All three are New Ulm natives that moved back to the area after having careers out-of-state, and in Carolyn’s case, overseas. Carolyn taught in Germany for 23 years, making her a perfect candidate for the Commission. The recognition is given annually to an individual, business, or organization in the community that has supported Sister Cities’ activities.