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Published June 17, 2013, 05:43 PM

Grandstrand responds to council regarding controversial Facebook post

After calling his fellow council members "dead white males," Grand Forks city council member Tyrone Grandstrand speaks publicly for the first time to WDAZ-TV regarding his controversial Facebook post. Some of the councilors are upset by the comment, others are not. Grandstrand tells us he has apologized and it's time to move on.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

After calling his fellow council members "dead white males," Grand Forks city council member Tyrone Grandstrand speaks publicly for the first time to WDAZ-TV regarding his controversial Facebook post. Some of the councilors are upset by the comment, others are not. Grandstrand tells us he has apologized and it's time to move on.

The city council meeting is underway, and at this point there has been no discussion regarding the controversy which started one week ago. It was last Tuesday night when council members received an email from councilor Dana Sande regarding a social media post by Grandstrand. The post was a part of a campaign to encourage residents to contact their council members and voice their support for expanding the recycling program. However, one of the last lines of the post said "this a very popular idea among the 40 and under demographic, though not among the dead white males on the council". Councilmember Grandstrand told WDAZ that he did not write the original post and that it was a post he shared and he issued an apology. Some council members accepted the apology but others felt that Grandstrand "knew what he was doing." Regardless, Grandstrand says he's learned a lesson.

Grandstrand: "Immediately I apologized and let them know that's not what I think of them, I think highly of other council members, I mean I disagree with them all the time, you know we all disagree with each other, quite often, but they're all respectable individuals. So I don't think poorly of them and that certainly wouldn't be my intention doing a facebook post."

Grandstrand is hopeful that the rest of the council will forgive his error and regardless of the controversy, is excited to see the recycling project move forward. That will be discussed at Monday's city council meeting. Meanwhile, it's unclear where the original post came from.

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