Marilyn Hagerty: A fourth grade class enjoys visit to Grand Forks City Hall

Local class meets with mayor, City Council

Marilyn Hagerty
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GRAND FORKS — “I thought the chambers were pretty big! It looked like a courtroom by the way the tables were set up. I was nervous, but the council members weren’t. They seemed confident and even know where to sit without seeing their room on the other side. Our mayor is a kind person.”

Those are the words of Hudson Tanabe, a fourth grader at Holy Family School in Grand Forks. His teacher, Trish Mohr, shared the comments of her class after a visit to Grand Forks City Hall and a meeting of the City Council.

Will Hahn wrote: “I felt like was important in the city even though I was just saying the pledge. One good thing was I got to see Mayor Bochenski. I never thought I would meet a mayor in my life. Now I am thinking I could be someone on the City Council. I was scared but my teacher was there, so that meant I would do the best I can. I was even more confident because my aunt was there too.’

Trojan Pominerer commented, “I loved how our mayor invited us to lead the pledge. It’s not every day you get to meet the mayor and make a picture with him. I loved it so much. Grand Forks City Council was kind to us by letting us come to their meeting. It was cool to be with them.’

Oliver McEntee reported, “I had a blast at the city council meeting. I was kind of nervous, and I didn’t know what to think. I got to see the mayor (again). Thank you, Mayor Bochenski for reading to my class and for letting us say the Pledge of Allegiance at the meeting.”


Carsyn Devlin said, “We got to see the mayor and take a picture with him. I was a little nervous to say something in front of the mayor. The elevator rides (up to the council chambers) was fine, but my dad wanted to take the stairs. Someone at the meeting was asking if he could have a little bit of land, and they all said yes like that.”

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