Fufeng Group owes Grand Forks County more than $2,000 in taxes for first half of 2022

The first half of 2022 taxes were due on March 1. Debbie Nelson, the county auditor, said of the $2,769.01, $80.65 of that was added as a 3% penalty on March 2.

This Herald file photo shows the site where Fufeng Group once hoped to build a corn mill near Grand Forks.

GRAND FORKS — Fufeng Group, the company that sought to build a wet corn mill plant just north of Grand Forks, owes $2,769.01 in taxes to Grand Forks County.

The first half of 2022 taxes were due on March 1. Debbie Nelson, the county auditor, said of the $2,769.01 owed, $80.65 of that was added as a 3% penalty on March 2. Nelson said Fufeng will continue to be assessed a penalty throughout the year on May 1, July 1 and Oct. 15 if it doesn't pay its taxes. On Oct. 15, the other half of the 2022 taxes will be due.

Nelson said interest will be applied next year and if Fufeng continues to not pay, the county will take the property by the third year.

Of the taxes collected, that money is distributed to several entities, including townships, the school and the school district.

Fufeng owns a total of four parcels in rural Falconer Township and rural Grand Forks County equating to more 300 acres. The land was purchased in late April last year for its proposed wet corn mill.


The project was stopped by a 5-0 City Council vote after the Department of the U.S. Air Force in January declared Fufeng a national security threat. While the future of the land has been discussed at council meetings, Fufeng still owns the four parcels.

The question of whether Fufeng is delinquent on its taxes was asked by council member Rebecca Osowski during a regularly scheduled City Council meeting on April 3 . At the meeting, Mayor Brandon Bochenski said the information can be looked up on the Grand Forks County website.

Monday’s City Council meeting was attended by several property owners in the Highway 81 area as the council reviewed a petition for de-annexation. The annexation process was undertaken last year by the city as part of the Fufeng project.

Ultimately, the council on Monday decided to move forward with the annexation.

Meghan Arbegast grew up in Security-Widefield, Colorado. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from North Dakota State University in Fargo, in 2021.

Arbegast wrote for The Spectrum, NDSU's student newspaper, for three years and was Head News Editor for two years. She was an intern with University Relations her last two semesters of college.

Arbegast covers news pertaining to the city of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks including city hall coverage.

Readers can reach Arbegast at 701-780-1267 or

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