Mayor Brandon Bochenski

Border reopening delay causing economic hardships in Grand Cities

"Every business in Grand Forks has been eagerly awaiting for the border to reopen because the Canadian visitors are a huge economic boom to this whole region."

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) — The effects of the U.S. – Canadian border closure grows as travel restrictions are extended for another month. As of March of 2020 U.S.-Canadian border restrictions have placed an economic hardship on businesses that rely on tourism to stay afloat. Now the Biden Administration is preventing the Canadian dollar from boosting the local economy for…

Essentia Health And Altru Are Opening Up COVID-19 Vaccines To More People

FARGO & GRAND FORKS, N.D.(KVRR) — Essentia Health is making it easier for everyone to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. They are asking both patients and non-patients to visit MyChart online if you meet your state’s current eligibility criteria for the shots. MyChart was previously only available to patients of Essentia Health. If you do not have online access, you…

Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski delivers his first State of the City address

"We have a lot to be excited for and the future belongs to Grand Forks," Bochenski said

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR) – Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski began his State of the City address with a tribute to Cody Holte on what would’ve been the police officer’s 30th birthday. Holte was killed in the line of duty last May. Despite a year full of challenges, Bochenski says Grand Forks is “coming out of this pandemic stronger than…

Grand Forks Mayor announces “Light the Town Green Week”

The proclamation is to honor front-line workers from December 14-20

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski issues a proclamation making this week “Light the Town Green Week.” It’s to honor front-line workers and pay tribute to their grit and determination during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lights on the Alerus Center and Sorlie Bridge will be lit green. On Sunday at 4:30, a parade will take the path…

Emergency Order Issued In Grand Forks To Curb Spread of COVID-19

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Grand Forks is taking more action to curb the spread of COVID-19 and it comes with fines. Mayor Brandon Bochenski has issued an Emergency Order limiting capacity in restaurants, bars, special gatherings and sporting events to 50% of the permitted occupancy. According to North Dakota guidelines, restaurants and bars in the high risk category, which cover…

Emergency Order Issued To Close Liquor License Holders By 11 PM Daily In Grand Forks

Attempt to limit gatherings as COVID-19 cases rapidly rise

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The mayor of Grand Forks is taking action to limit gatherings as COVID-19 cases rapidly rise. Brandon Bochenski is issuing an emergency order for liquor license holders including bars and restaurants and offsale to close daily by 11 p.m. The order goes into effect on Saturday and will remain in effect until December 1 at 6…

Grand Forks pub supports Bochenski’s decision to close bars, restaurants early

Grand Forks bars, liquor stores and restaurants serving alcohol had to close early beginning this past Saturday

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — As UND students return to campus, Grand Forks has seen a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among people in their twenties. “We expect our students, upon their return, either to test before they come back to campus or shortly after,” said UND President Dr. Andrew Armacost a couple weeks ago. 15 to 29-year-olds make up 87…

New Grand Forks Mayor Cuts City Relations Officer

Mayor Brandon Bochenski has terminated the contract of Pete Haga

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The new mayor of Grand Forks is making budget cuts just hours after being sworn in. Mayor Brandon Bochenski has terminated the contract of Pete Haga, Community/Government Relations Officer for the city. He says it was a necessary decision to further his initiatives to be a full-time mayor and to lower administrative costs at City Hall….

Brandon Bochenski sworn in as Mayor of Grand Forks

Bochenski says his first order of business will be finalizing the city budget

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Brandon Bochenski had never been involved in politics before 2020, but when he moved to Grand Forks permanently three years ago, his passion to better the city inspired him to take action. “I saw a few things that really bothered me that were getting glossed over by the city government,” said Bochenski. “I did a lot…