by Dennis Dalman
The St. Stephen Centennial party planners were delighted when their invitation was accepted by Dr. Bozo Cerar, the ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Slovenia.
The distinguished ambassador said he was more than happy to take a trip to St. Stephen, Minn., the oldest continuous Slovenian town in the United States. It will be the second time a Slovenian ambassador has visited St. Stephen.
Cerar was appointed ambassador to the United States in September 2013.
Born in 1949 in Ljublijana, the capital of the Republic of Slovenia, Cerar is highly educated, with a master’s degree in diplomatic studies from Westminster University, London; and a doctorate in law.
He has had a long, honored career in foreign service, including ambassadorships and ministry work far and wide in places such as Canada, England, Australia, Poland and Greece.
He is the permanent representative of the Republic of Slovenia on the North Atlantic Council.
An author of many scholarly articles and two books, Cerar speaks six languages, including English. He is married with three children, two from his first marriage.
The Republic of Slovenia is a country in south central Europe, bordered by Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary. Its population is 2.05 million. The country, which has a rich and varied cultural history, is a member of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Dr. Bozo Cerar, Slovenian ambassador to the United States, will attend the St. Stephen Centennial Celebration July 18-20.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.