Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter with a focus on northwest Minnesota for the Grand Forks Herald. Other positions she has held at the Herald include 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 North Dakota faces the full onslaught of winter, farmers' minds are already on spring planting and perhaps how that and other farm operations could one day be aided with unmanned aircraft technology. Commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems is currently banned by the Federal Aviation Administration, which means farmers and ranchers can't use the devices just yet. "From the FAA's point of view, farmers can't do this over their own land if it's a commercial farm," said John Nowatzki, agricultural machine systems specialist at NDSU. That is, unless they like paperwork. Bob Becklund
The Federal Aviation Administration is asking local law enforcement agencies to keep an eye out for people operating unmanned aircraft systems improperly. The agency released a set of guidelines last week — a move one local officer said creates problems. "There are no UAS-specific regulations," said Al Frazier, a UND professor and part-time Grand Forks County sheriff's deputy who is part of the department's UAS unit.
A groundbreaking unmanned aircraft research proposal was approved Friday by a UND research oversight committee. The project proposed by staff from the university's unmanned aircraft program seeks to test radio control of unmanned aircraft beyond line of sight. The Federal Aviation Administration is charged with integrating unmanned aircraft systems into commercial air space and researchers said this project supports that mission. "This is true UAS integration into the (National Air Space).
A number of current and potential openings at the East Grand Forks Police Department has its chief seeking permission to start another hiring process. Through a number of circumstances, the department could be left with up to six openings — a gap that would weigh heavily on the 22-officer department. Staffing shortages in 2014 led the department to spend double the $100,000 budgeted for overtime pay. Police Chief Mike Hedlund told East Grand Forks City Council members on Tuesday he wants to avoid that this year. "We're trying to minimize overtime costs as best we can," Hedlund said.
Lakota, N.D. farmer Rodney Brossart will likely face another jury after the North Dakota Supreme Court announced Monday it had tossed out a felony terrorizing conviction. The justices ordered a...
CROOKSTON — An uneven split between proponents and opponents of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline didn't keep either side from getting their voices heard Monday at public hearing here. Around 100 people turned out to testify in support of or against — a majority of those speaking in favor of — the application for a certificate of need filed by the American branch of Canadian company Enbridge. The certificate of need requires approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission before the company can start on the 300-mile portion of the pipeline that would run through the s
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — The most recent meeting of the City Council here was quieter than others held in the past year. The Jan. 6 meeting did feature debate,...
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — The most recent meeting of the City Council here was quieter than others held in the past year. The Jan. 6 meeting did feature debate, but everyone seemed to take their turn and snide remarks were left at the door. Brian Holmer, the city's newly elected mayor, noticed the difference. And he was happy with it. "You could tell it was a whole different council meeting," Holmer said. "The aura of the room was a little different, and I like the feeling." Holmer is one of four new faces on the council.
RURAL EUCLID, Minn. — A lot has changed for a black lab mix named Gabby and her puppies since they were found abandoned in freezing temperatures last month in Grand Forks. Illness struck the entire litter of 10 after they arrived at the farm of their foster mom Kaydi Strickler-Grunhovd, after being brought to the Circle of Friends Humane Society. "They weren't nursing, they really weren't doing much of anything," she said. Strickler-Grunhovd set up a cot in her family's heated farm shop where the dogs are kept.
FINLEY, N.D. - The "guilty" was quiet, but its impact filled the courtroom here Wednesday when Sherry Midstokke answered how she would plead to charges of murdering her husband. A...