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Meschede is a town in the Hochsauerland district, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is the capital of the district Hochsauerlandkreis.
Meschede is situated in the Ruhr valley, near to the Hennesee, south of the nature-park Arnsberger Wald. Major towns in the vicinity of Meschede are Paderborn (51 km), Kassel (85 km), Siegen (57 km), Hagen, Dortmund (60 km) and Hamm (49 km).
Division of the town
After the local government reforms of 1975 Meschede consists of these districts and villages:
In 1921 the Sauerländer Heimatbund was founded.
Meschede is connected with two national roads, the federal roads B 7 and B 55, and the motorway A 46. It has an airfield, the Meschede-Schüren Airfield, with a 900 m runway.
The city's climate is continental. The lowest temperature recorded was −20 °C (−4 °F), its highest was recorded at 39 °C (102 °F).
Mayors of Meschede
- 1952–1961: Engelbert Dick (CDU)
- 1961–1969: Josef Busch (CDU)
- 1969–1974: Bruno Peus (CDU)
- 1975–1998: Franz Stahlmecke (CDU)
- 1998–1999: Bruno Peus (CDU)
- 1999–present: Hans-Ulrich (Uli) Hess (CDU)
Meschede has its local radio station Radio Sauerland. The Fachhochschule Südwestfalen runs its own radio station called radioFH!. The regional newspapers are Westfalenpost and Westfälische Rundschau. The local newspaper is the Sauerlandkurier.
Meschede is twinned with:
Also unofficial friendly relations exist with the following towns: