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Published November 09, 2011, 10:19 PM

Local 'Occupy' Offshoot Keeping Up Protests Despite Chilly Temps

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Local members of the "Occupy" movoement made their voices heard on the streets of Grand Forks again.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Local members of the "Occupy" movoement made their voices heard on the streets of Grand Forks again.

Occupy Grand Forks protestors demonstrated at the intersection of Washington and DeMers on Wednesday night.

Confidence was a common expression on the faces of Occupy members.

They are still trying to convince the people the 99 percent should be equal to the one percent.

"Tonight we are showing solidarity with our brothers and sisters all over the United States doing the same thing: here for the 99 percent," Occupy Grand Forks co-organizer Nancy Hennen said.

"Wall Street traders have been unregulated for too many years and greed and transactions that have been fraudulent have taken our economy apart," movement member David Thompson said.

Supporters lined the streets and showed how close to their hearts this movement truly is. Occupy members are trying to localize the movement.

"We are a different type of state. We don't have the bank problems and the mortgage problems as much as the other states did, but here in North Dakota we do have some definite problems," Hennen said.

And even though the group is small, they say they're still persistent in getting their message heard.

"I can't afford to buy my own senator or congressman. (We need to) bring the government back to the people where it started and where it belongs," movement member Brian Lynch said.

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