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CFIUS’ preliminary report expected to be released on Monday, Dec. 12
While FDR's inaugural speech from 1933 after defeating Herbert Hoover in the 1932 election did give rise to one of the most famous presidential quotes in U.S. history, or at the very least a highly quoted one given the flexibility of its applicability, there are key contextual points which are missing from City Administrator Todd Feland's attempt (during Monday’s City Council meeting) at drawing parallels to the state of affairs in the nation and the world at that time and the current situation(s) faced by the city today.
Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski said the city intends to “pause construction work on Fufeng USA specific items” until the federal review is complete.
Dennis Kadlec, who claims he owns property within the area being annexed, filed the complaint last week, seeking an injunction to stop the annexation of his property.
In 2013 and for two years after that, Northern Plains was a top-of-mind project for developers in Grand Forks.
To recap: Asian company Fufeng Group has selected Grand Forks as the location for what is being called a “wet corn milling” facility that could consume as much as 25 million bushels of corn when it reaches peak capacity. The company’s new property is expected to take up a 370-acre site on the north edge of Grand Forks.

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The preliminary, dubbed Option Ponderosa, is an offshoot of previous plan Option Pine. The only alteration between the two plans is an enlargement of Ward 3 by extending its perimeter to include the area between Division Ave. and Minnesota Ave. The main effect of this is that it keeps Ward 3 council member Bret Weber in his current ward.
Last week, the White House Office of Management and Budget declared the threshold for a “metropolitan statistical area” will remain at a population of 50,000, rather than increasing it to 100,000. Doing so means Grand Forks and many similarly sized cities get to keep their status as a metropolitan statistical area and thus continue to qualify for certain federal funding.
The BMX track was the most shovel-ready project amongst other ideas, including a proposed children’s museum, indoor athletic facility and redevelopment of Columbia Mall, brought forth by city leaders to help grow Grand Forks into a destination for visitors, and add quality of life improvements for residents. Track volunteers are hoping it will be a draw, especially if they host a national event.

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