Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. A native of Valley City, N.D., 24 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet.
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While they currently work at a marketing firm in Bismarck, Mike Mabin and Ed Sargeant are looking to unmanned aircraft to expand their business portfolio. The pair, along with Mabin's...
While they currently work at a marketing firm in Bismarck, Mike Mabin and Ed Sargeant are looking to unmanned aircraft to expand their business portfolio. The pair, along with Mabin's son Alexander Mabin, founded Shutter Pilots last fall, a business that will combine aerial images and computer animation to produce 2D and 3D images for clients. "We can depict things that have been or things that might be in terms of property developments or examples of buildings that might be in the process of being built, but people need to visualize what that would look like," Mike Mabin said. A new interi
During a search for missing persons or a major natural disaster, Cass County residents may now see unmanned aircraft overhead. The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department recently received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft there if requested by Cass County law enforcement. While the department has permission from the FAA, it also sought the blessing of UND's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research and Compliance Committee, which vets unmanned aircraft research proposals and discusses related policy. "It would be more streamlined and easier for us to go
Mother Nature is proving she is the queen of practical jokes this spring. Temperatures hit 70 degrees a couple of weeks ago, but much of the region woke up to snow and high winds Wednesday morning. "We had record-breaking temperatures two or three weeks ago and now normality is back, and it might create the perception this not normal," said Pete Spicher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Grand Forks office.
After traveling nearly 1,700 miles to start her new job, the Circle of Friends Humane Society's new executive director Maranda Weathermon got her first official look Tuesday at the organization. She said she snuck in Monday to meet the staff but at the Grand Forks animal shelter's board of directors meeting Tuesday evening, she hinted at her ideas for the facility. "I love it already, but there's change in the wind," Weathermon said. The shelter has been headed by Interim Executive Director Rachael Bergman since October, following the dismissal of the facility's former director.
Planting flowers likely wouldn't be a considered contentious subject, but paying to fill the planters in downtown East Grand Forks has caused strife between city government officials. Several City Council members have voiced their disapproval of Mayor Lynn Stauss going to the city's Water & Light Commission Thursday to ask it to kick in $3,000 for flowers. "When people come in from other places, it's good that they see a nice-appearing community," Stauss said Friday.
CROOKSTON — Angie Brown says she can't stop smiling. The 47-year-old woman has been in her own apartment for less than a month now after living for several months at the Care and Share Center, a homeless shelter located in downtown Crookston. "When you move, it's a great feeling. They helped me get on my feet," Brown said. "It's nice, it's really nice.
Residents interested in learning more about upcoming housing projects in Thief River Falls can swing through an open house today. The projects will create between 150 and 200 units of multifamily and single-family housing in the city, Director of Economic Development for Pennington County Christine Anderson said. Developers, realtors and others involved in the housing market will be on hand to answer questions at the event, which will run from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
East Grand Forks will move forward with paying for its half of a study aiming to update the potential cost of piping its sewage to Grand Forks for processing. The East Grand Forks City Council approved paying up to $2,500 for the study Tuesday, which will update a cost of service agreement between the two cities first created a few years ago. The council plans to use the figures in its ongoing discussion of what to do with its wastewater as the city grows and it needs to keep up with demand.
To get a better picture of who it's hiring for city positions, East Grand Forks is mulling contracting with a private firm for conducting background checks. The proposal made its first appearance before the City Council during the group's Tuesday work session.