- Associated Press - Monday, March 23, 2015

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - The mayor of Grand Forks says a racist message spray painted on the wall of a strip mall in the city is “hateful, ignorant and hurtful.”

Mayor Michael Brown on Monday condemned the message that was found painted in a building adjacent to an alley.

The message included the word “Somalia” followed by a racial slur.

Pete Haga with the mayor’s office says the city offered the owner of the building help with the graffiti removal process, but the owner, who is being considered a victim, has chosen to paint over the brick wall.

The Grand Forks Police Department says it is investigating the incident.

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