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Sorlie Bridge lit blue and yellow in solidarity with Ukraine

The lights on Sorlie Bridge will remain blue and yellow for at least a week.

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The Sorlie Bridge between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks is lit in blue and yellow in support of Ukraine Friday, March 4, 2022.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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GRAND FORKS — As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, the Grand Cities are showing their support for Ukraine by lighting the Sorlie Memorial Bridge the colors of the country's flag.

The lights were turned blue and yellow on Friday night.

“This is our way to show support for our friends in the Ukraine,” Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski said in a news release. “... Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine as we pray for peace.”

Earlier in the week, the lights at the Alerus Center were also changed to blue and yellow.

“When this request to change the lights on the Sorlie Bridge came across my desk it was an easy yes,” East Grand Forks Mayor Steve Gander said. “I am proud to display the City of East Grand Forks’ support for the people of the Ukraine.”

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The process of changing the lights on Sorlie Bridge involves the approval from both cities, the departments of transportation in Minnesota and North Dakota and the Grand Forks Historic Preservation, a previous press release sent.

The lights on Sorlie Bridge will remain blue and yellow for at least a week.

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