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., 25 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 email@example.com.
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THIEF RIVER FALLS — The Thief River Falls City Council has decided to take on more responsibility through a change in the city's staffing hierarchy. At its Tuesday meeting, the council voted unanimously to shift the direct supervision of city department heads and supervisors from the city administrator position to the council.
East Grand Forks might be one step closer to broadcasting and videotaping its City Council meetings, a service some city leaders have not supported because of its cost.
Its role in the growing unmanned aircraft industry has earned a Grand Forks company a place in a small business documentary project. Field of View, which creates sensors and software...
Wednesday marked the deadline for many Minnesota cities to turn in their 2016 budgets to the state, and this year East Grand Forks wasn't among those running down to the wire. The City Council passed the final version of the budget last month, which included a 25 percent increase to the city's property tax levy—the total amount of money raised from those taxes.
Dave Gilbert said it's a natural leap for Stray Media Group to adopt using unmanned aircraft technology for shooting videos and pictures. The Grand Forks marketing firm is one of...
In the spring of 2012, my life started resembling the end of an old Western movie. Sporting graduation caps instead of cowboy hats, my friends and I rode off into...
CROOKSTON—A 36-year-old East Grand Forks man remains in the hospital after allegedly being assaulted late Friday night outside a Crookston bar. Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier said the alleged assault took place around midnight, but his department was not notified of the incident until about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. After the man returned from stepping outside Captain Crook's Bar, 223 N. Main St., with a head injury, his family drove him to Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, Biermaier said. The man's name is not being released by police at this time.
STEPHEN, Minn.—When the bells of St. Stephen Catholic Church stop ringing, as they do on occasion, Gary Anderson climbs two ladders to reach the tower where they are housed. Nineteen rungs later, the 71-year-old reaches a hatch measuring 15-by-17 inches, which when wiggled through, leads to a drafty space where three bronze bells and their motor system await his tinkering skills. "The controls are 35 years old, and we're trying to get them replaced," Anderson said. "In the meanwhile, we've jerry-rigged it so it will ring."
AARP North Dakota is seeking volunteers in the Grand Forks area to help low- and moderate-income residents prepare their tax returns in the coming months. The AARP's Tax-Aid program needs five more volunteers to staff its aid site office at the Campbell Library in East Grand Forks, said Mike Moe, an AARP volunteer and the local organizer for the tax program. Volunteers prepare taxes for free for people of any age. Prior to working with clients, volunteers would participate in training workshops starting next month.
About 6 percent of households in Polk County use public assistance, and Sarah Winter's home is one of them. Without it, the 31-year-old East Grand Forks resident said she would be dead. As a severe asthmatic, she needs medication that can run hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month—something Winter said she can't afford on her income alone. She uses the state's medical assistance program now, but before she received that help, she relied on Third Street Clinic, a nonprofit in Grand Forks, to get her medication at a rate she could manage.