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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The countdown will soon start for East Grand Forks to negotiate a new franchise agreement with cable company Midcontinent Communications. The city's current 10-year contract with the company ends this month.
Plans for an empty expanse of concrete and dozens of empty acres near Grand Forks Air Force Base have finally come to fruition after a nearly five-year process. What is now prairie and an abandoned runway connection to the base will soon give way to Grand Sky, a unmanned aircraft systems business park that could bring $200 million to $300 million in development to the area. "It came from just a concept and a dream, and now when you see the dirt turn for something like this, the reality is there," said John Smsek, a former Grand Forks County commissioner worked closely with the project.
East Grand Forks police officers past and present gathered Thursday to recognize the achievements of their peers.
The Wednesday ceremony honoring Alex Schilke was short, but it recognized a potentially long-lasting impact the East Grand Forks police officer has had on his community. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety recently named Schilke to its DWI Enforcer All-Star Team for making 26 driving while intoxicated arrests in 2014.
Walsh County Commission last week granted a request from County Recorder Diane Link to relieve her of marriage licensing and officiating duties after she said it would go against her beliefs to grant licenses to same-sex couples. Link said she believes marriage is between a man and a woman and she is not comfortable issuing licenses or performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, so on July 6 she asked the commission to transfer her duties to Deputy Recorder Yvette Moe. "My deputy has always done licenses and ceremonies, so nothing has changed there except instead of two people doing
The East Grand Forks City Council has put the decision to grant liquor licenses to accommodate painting classes in the hands of the state Legislature. In doing so, the council followed the legal opinion of City Attorney Ron Galstad, who had reservations about the council modifying city liquor laws so Creatively Uncorked could qualify for a license. "In my opinion, it's something that the Legislature is probably looking at, and we're better off asking the Legislature to ... make another exception," Galstad said at Tuesday's council work session.
The sound of sirens poured over Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Sunday and announced the impending arrival of thunderstorms with the potential to create a tornado. While they may seem frequent this year, sirens in the cities don't sound for every weather event but rely on thresholds set by local public safety agencies. In Grand Forks, Sunday's tornado warning prompted officials at the Public Safety Answering Point to sound the alarm.
East Grand Forks City Council members dove into discussing how it should approach preparing a sales tax to fund the city's swimming pool renovation for public vote. Among the options bounced around Monday were holding a special election earlier next year or waiting until the regular November election. An earlier special election means a successfully passed sales tax could start earlier, but holding such an election would cost the city around $15,000 — a price that made some council members wary of the idea. "I can't say I'm fond of spending $15,000 to have the election," council membe
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The company behind East Grand Forks' newest hotel will receive a tax exemption on the property following a City Council vote Tuesday. The council unanimously approved $100,000 in property tax credits for Proll LLC of Grand Forks as part of the state's Border City Development Zone program. Proll recently finished construction on the Fairfield Inn, a 67-room hotel located on the city's eastern edge and valued at about $2 million, according to an business subsidy agreement between the city and Proll adopted Monday. The agreement notes the hotel has a goal to create 12 full-time positions with