Brandi Jewett is a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. A native of Valley City, N.D., 26 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at grandforksherald.com, on her blog at droningon.areavoices.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THIEF RIVER FALLS — The Thief River Falls School Board has extended an offer to an Austin, Minn., man for its superintendent position. At a special meeting held Tuesday, the board passed a resolution to enter into contract negotiations with Brad Bergstrom, the director of human resources for Austin Public Schools, which serves about 4,600 students. Thief River Falls Public Schools has a district enrollment of about 2,000 students.
THOMPSON, N.D.—Thompson Public School officials have declined to release unofficial results of a referendum held Tuesday for a $11 million expansion project. Late Monday night, the school district did note the vote attracted a record turnout of 981 voters. The addition will need a majority of 60 percent to pass. Certification from Grand Forks County is needed before the results are considered final. The results are expected to be released this morning.
PEMBINA, N.D.—A Canadian semi driver was injured Tuesday afternoon after his truck and a cattle trailer it was hauling tipped on its side at the Interstate 29 exit ramp for Pembina. Randy Northcott, 56, was treated at the scene for non-life threatening injuries, but seven of the 38 cattle he was transporting died during the rollover or were euthanized afterward, according to a news release from the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
The East Grand Forks Police Department will have to wait a little longer before it can upgrade its computers in its squad cars. The City Council held off on approving a $18,100 purchase of laptops for the cars Tuesday because at least one of its members thinks there might be less expensive options that could serve the department just as well.
They say beauty is pain, and if you don't mind a little sting, then I recommend using cleansing strips to unclog pores on your skin. I tried Biore deep cleansing pore strips in college and recently took up the practice again. Once you get over the idea you're literally ripping dirt and grime out of your skin, they're not too bad. The product is simple enough to use, though getting it placed perfectly on your damp nose can take a couple of tries if you're not used to using pore strips.
THIEF RIVER FALLS — With the sale set to close Monday, the Northland Community and Technical College Foundation will soon be the owner of five apartment buildings that it will renovate into student housing. The apartment complex is just north of Northland Community and Technical College's Thief River Falls campus and will be filling a demand that has existed among the school's students for the past several years.
ROSEAU, Minn.—Maggie Hayden made her debut to this world almost a week earlier than expected, creating quite a stir in the process. Instead of a hospital room, the newborn took her first breaths on April 12 in an ambulance rushing north on Minn. Highway 89 toward Roseau. Her mother, Becky Hayden, 30, started experiencing contractions earlier that day while watching students she coaches compete at a track and field meet in Bemidji—130 miles south of her home in Roseau.
The defense attorney for a Grand Forks man accused of murder is trying to have statements his client made during initial conversations and interviews with police officers kept out of trial. At hearing Friday morning in Grand Forks, District Judge Dan Hager heard arguments on a motion to suppress evidence, in which defense attorney Theodore Sandberg argues his client was too intoxicated and sleep deprived to understand his rights.
After building a foundation over the past three years in Grand Forks, the Downtown Development Association is now turning its attention to East Grand Forks. Large-scale events and other initiatives already connect the two downtowns on numerous occasions throughout the year. Expanding the DDA's presence to East Grand Forks would give it an opportunity to promote both downtowns at once, said Stacey Majkrzak, executive director of the association.
A remote-controlled aircraft park proposed for northern East Grand Forks is facing some opposition from nearby residents. A vacant city-owned lot at Eighth Avenue Northwest and 23rd Street Northwest is the preferred site for a flying field requested by the Red River RC Flyers club, but homeowners nearby say people have already been out in the area flying without authorization and causing disturbances.