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The months-long debate about the proposed corn milling plant from Fufeng Group, a China-based agribusiness, has created a lot of discussion in and around Grand Forks since the plant was first announced in November, at times gaining national attention.

A few U.S. senators, including North Dakota's Kevin Cramer and John Hoeven, have called for a deeper look at the plant, which would sit about 12 miles away from Grand Forks Air Force Base. The company's ties to China, as well as worries about the environment and other concerns, have made for raucous city council meetings at times and a long process for local leaders. Get the latest headlines on the Fufeng controversy right here.


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Grand Forks leaders expressed confusion and frustration over the Republican senators’ decision to oppose the project before the conclusion of a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
Cramer says the United States needs a "strategic decoupling from China."
CFIUS’ preliminary report expected to be released on Monday, Dec. 12
The meeting was scheduled for commissioners to discuss the project, but also to garner public input.
The committee – commonly known as CFIUS – will review the corn mill proposed by Fufeng USA, a company with ties to China that seeks to build a large plant on the city’s northern edge
“The citizens merely seek a public vote on the controversial Fufeng project," according to a statement sent to the Herald.

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“I don’t really think about things in political terms,” Mayor Brandon Bochenski told the Herald. Meanwhile, some in town seek to recall the mayor and the council president.
During a recent City Council meeting, Ken Vein urged city leaders to continue studying the issue, and to specifically focus on a water supply study conducted by Lake Agassiz Water Authority and Garrison Diversion.
According to Todd Feland, Grand Forks city administrator, the tree is not on Fufeng’s land, but on a city right-of-way for future infrastructure development.

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