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STACEY HEGGEN: Keeping busy because he cares

While attending UND, I remember hearing about "Tyrone for Student Body President." Everywhere. Fast forward a few years, I was new in my position as executive director for the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals and had just moved back to Gra...

Stacey Dimmler

While attending UND, I remember hearing about "Tyrone for Student Body President." Everywhere.

Fast forward a few years, I was new in my position as executive director for the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals and had just moved back to Grand Forks, when I heard his name come up again, this time as a member of the Grand Forks City Council.

As I've gotten to know Tyrone Grandstrand, I've picked up on the following: He enjoys being involved in many things (and believes that others should not be afraid to get involved as well). He enjoys researching alternatives to issues that arise. And he is quite optimistic!

To say that Tyrone is busy might be somewhat of an understatement. He is currently on the council's Pension and Insurance Committee, and Service and Safety Committee; the Metropolitan Planning Organization; the board of the Grand Forks Community Land Trust; and he is also a member-at-large for GGFYP. (His wonderful wife Becca is no different when it comes to "busyness," but we'll talk about her another day.)

Tyrone is also a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual.

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"I think the energy in the GGFYP organization is part of the reason I do all those other things," Tyrone said.

He recognizes the passion and drive of the 20 to 40-somethings in GGFYP to create an attractive environment for everyone to live in. He also recognizes that a combination of not enough entry-level jobs, lower pay, the shortage of housing and a skyrocketing cost of housing requires everyone to work together.

Tyrone said there is strength in numbers, so he encourages everyone to join GGFYP.

We know that our community is comprised of a significant number of young professionals, and there's always room for more.

We often say that the definition of a "professional" is variable. Tyrone said he thinks it's just a state of mind that says you care about your community. "We're all in this together."

Heggen is executive director of Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals. Reach her at Stacey@ggfyp.com or at (218) 779-9369. Go to the group's website at GGFYP.com.

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