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PISEK, ND (WDAZ)--A foreign dignitary is the talk of one small North Dakota town.

A special visitor flew thousands of miles across the earth to visit a church in Pisek, North Dakota--It's the history behind the town and a special painting that brought him to Pisek.

Borek Lizec , Consulate General of the Czech Republic

"I feel always overwhelmed by the reception that I am receiving by people who came here to America often,” said Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Borek Lizec.

It's Borek Lizec's first visit to town.

He's learning North Dakota Nice is a way of life.

"These people never lost their relationship their special relationship to the country of their ancestors."

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic is here to meet the descendants of settlers who came to the area more than 1-hundred years ago.

He's also in town to see a special painting by the most famous Czech artist, Alphonse Mucha.

"As a famous Czech patriot he was arrested and interrogated by Gestapo and after that and soon after that he died. He became most know, appreciated worldwide, for his work on art nouveau posters and decorative panels."

Mucha died just months before the start of World War 2.

"He created that style actually after he created this painting. He had some relatives in Pisek and this is how the painting was here."

A historic trip for a town of roughly 100 people.

"It's awesome because I didn't think we were so, I don't know what you call it, well known I guess,” said Pisek resident, Marie Greicar.

"It is certainly something special and it makes it unexpected."

A connection that's crossed generations -- and continents.