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BRANDON BOCHENSKI

Because of the way this project was handled, Grand Forks voters will probably not support anything that city government proposes in the near future.
The bridge would connect Grand Forks and East Grand Forks at the end of 32nd Avenue South.
Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski joins this episode of Plain Talk to discuss the Fufeng project debate which has roiled his community so much that one person tried to make a citizen's arrest of the city council at a recent meeting.
The lights on Sorlie Bridge will remain blue and yellow for at least a week.

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"This is what is talked about as a citizen's arrest by a private person," right-wing activist Michael Coachman told the council after a testy back-and-forth with Mayor Brandon Bochenski. Coachman said he could make the arrest on the authority of state law and "god the father and the holy spirit."
The communists in China have made it clear they will use their country's economic clout to promote their interests. They have that clout in no small part because we give it to them.
The apology by Bochenski given to the community during Tuesday night's City Council meeting is a step in the right direction toward acceptance and tolerance of the LGBTQ+ in Grand Forks.
Anyone who witnessed Tuesday’s conversation cannot help but have a better understanding of the issues that exist for the LGBTQ+ community.
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But for backers of the new factory — and even for some tough-on-China observers — these questions miss a bigger point.
"Because of the inflammatory rhetoric, UND was blindsided and put on the defensive," writes InForum columnist Jane Ahlin. "Grand Forks mayor Brandon Bochenski had a highly-publicized knee-jerk reaction, which he later retracted. Most importantly, Grand Forks Republican state legislators rushed into the fray, all but promising to rewrite laws to mollify the Catholic Conference."

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Making policy in a knee-jerk response to trending media topics is as unwise as making it based on anecdotes.
Also on this episode of Plain Talk, a pollster talks about a new survey showing very strong support in North Dakota for coal mining, coal power, and carbon capture.
In 2013 and for two years after that, Northern Plains was a top-of-mind project for developers in Grand Forks.

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