“Kosovo this week celebrates its 10th anniversary of independence it won with the assistance of the Iowa National Guard, and Maj. General Timothy Orr, the Iowa National Guard’s adjutant general, will be in Kosovo Thursday to help mark the occasion. 

But first there was business in Iowa. This morning, at the newish River Center across the street from Principal Park in Des Moines, Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj spoke of the partnerships with Iowa that eventually resulted in the opening of the Kosovo consulate — Des Moines’ first — in the Saddlery Building above Court Avenue Brewing Co. 

The session over breakfast was largely ceremonial, with Kosovo Ambassador to the United States Vlora Çitaku, the Des Moines-based Consul General Xhavit Gashi, Iowa Sister States exec Kim Heidemann and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey in attendance.” (Business Record)