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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CROOKSTON—There are new walls on the grounds of the nearly century-old Mount St. Benedict Monastery, but the tradition they hold remains strong. For the first time in at least a decade, the sister of the monastery have a home that is tailored to their aging bodies and deep faith. The group has been transitioning to its new housing from Marian Hall, a 50-year-old dormitory that once served as a boarding school on the St. Benedict campus. It's a welcome change for many of the sisters.
A Grand Forks law enforcement unit now has clearance to fly unmanned aircraft nationwide. The Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit announced Monday that it received permission for national flight in the form of a certificate of authorization granted by the Federal Aviation Administration. This certificate, referred to as a blanket COA, permits officers to fly up to 400 feet high in authorized areas, allowing the unit's members support other public agencies regardless of where they are.
Putting a camera in the air is proving to be a popular business model nationwide for operators of unmanned aircraft. An analysis released this week by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, an industry trade group, found aerial photography led as the most common type of business operation approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. With commercial operation of unmanned aircraft — also known as drones — prohibited by the agency, businesses and individuals must submit petitions to receive an exemption.
THIEF RIVER FALLS — What started as conversations about the state of Thief River Falls' downtown has given way to a group dedicated to revitalizing the area. The Thief River Falls Downtown Development Association has gained quite a following in its short existence, and Chairman Ryan Walseth hopes to keep that momentum going to bring fresh ideas and more to the city. Between 25 and 30 people show up for meetings, all contributing to a team mentality that Walseth said should make the organization more successful that past attempts to improve downtown.
If you’ve been wondering what people are doing with their Section 333 exemptions granted by the Federal Aviation Administration, a new report is out that allows for interactive browsing of...
A recent report states a roundabout is a feasible and safe option for the intersection of Bygland Road and Rhinehart Drive in East Grand Forks. A roundabout has been one...
Planning an expansion of its East Grand Forks facility, Northern Valley Machine is seeking a $100,000 property tax abatement over the next five years from the city. The company, located...
A committee born out of a disagreement among city leaders over how East Grand Forks contracts with firms for engineering services has produced recommendations that will likely be set aside...
Peeps and chirps fill the aisles of Tractor Supply Co. in Grand Forks for a few weeks each spring, drawing crowds to peek at chicks looking for new homes. The appearance of the birds is part of Chick Days, an annual program at the store that brings live chicks and ducklings from hatcheries to stores for purchase. The chicks also attract visitors to the store, with parents bringing in children to take a gander at the animals. The birds prove popular among hobby farmers in the area, who raise them for eggs or meat.
Recommendations from a federal rulemaking committee could pave the way for unmanned aircraft to fly directly over people, which local operators say translates to progress for the industry. The Federal...