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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Proposed rules released over the weekend for operating small unmanned aircraft have garnered positive reaction from industry experts and political figures in North Dakota. The rules have been years in the making and their debut came with some fanfare Sunday shortly after a Federal Aviation Administration draft of the proposal was leaked online. "I was surprised and thrilled to see that the FAA published the small UAS notice for proposed rulemaking on Sunday," said David Dvorak, owner of unmanned aircraft systems business Field of View in Grand Forks."It has been a long journey.
The Irishman's Shanty in Crookston has been open since 1945 — well, almost. It's been closed the past 13 months to allow owner Paul Gregg to rebuild after a fire destroyed the building's kitchen, attic and roof and caused smoke damage throughout last January. Five minutes after a state health inspector left the building around noon Thursday, the Shanty reopened. "The only thing they had to say was hang a sign by your salad bar that says 'Please use a clean plate,' otherwise everything else is perfect," Gregg said. Longtime customer Ken Longtin was the first in the door on Thursday an
Two companies are partnering to begin manufacturing unmanned aircraft systems and components in North Dakota. Executives from ComDel Innovation Inc. and Altavian announced their partnership Friday at the state Capitol...
Even more of North Dakota is now a testing ground for unmanned aircraft following a decision Wednesday from the Federal Aviation Administration . The FAA approved a request by the...
FINLEY, N.D. — Sherry Midstokke clutched a piece of yellow paper as she moved toward the front of the lone courtroom in the Steele County Courthouse Wednesday. On the paper...
The East Grand Forks City Council could shed a little more light on its meetings if the group opts to pursue televising and recording its proceedings. Council member Marc DeMers asked city staff to look into how much it would cost to get started broadcasting council meetings. An estimate of $8,200, which does not include annual operating costs, was brought to the council at its Tuesday night work session. "It offers another level of accountability and transparency to our government that I believe people, especially right now, in East Grand Forks are asking for," DeMers said. The cost estim
In 2007, an unidentified man living at Hillcrest Senior Living in Red Lake Falls, Minn., fell out of bed and became wedged between his bed and the room's heat register. By the time staff discovered him, he had sustained second-degree burns stretching from his right hip to his ankle. The case was one of 22 confirmed instances of neglect, abuse or financial exploitation reported to the Minnesota Department of Health's Health Facility Complaint Office between 2005 and 2014 in Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties. An investigation by the office concluded the residen
The Circle of Friends Humane Society interviewed its preliminary round of candidates today for the Grand Forks animal shelter's executive director position. Several members from the shelter's board of director spoke with four individuals of varying backgrounds regarding to the position, which has been open since Sept.
Polk County health officials are asking the East Grand Forks City Council to consider creating a law that would hold individuals responsible for underage drinking happening in their residences. The law, called a social host ordinance, would give law enforcement a tool to hold parents or others accountable who allow underage drinking to occur in their home, according to Sue Thompson, a wellness coordinator with Polk County Public Health. Providing alcohol to minors is a crime, but Thompson said oftentimes minors are reluctant to reveal who bought it for them. "(A social host law) takes the f
East Grand Forks City Hall will soon have a new tenant following the approval of a lease agreement Tuesday by the City Council. A lease between the city and the Northwest Minnesota Multi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority was approved by the council without discussion. The organization provides a number of housing and development-related services including rent assistance and grant writing. It will rent roughly 1,000 square feet of space in City Hall for no cost but will have to pay for other services such as phones and Internet access, according to the agreement. The lease runs th