Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter with a focus on northwest Minnesota for the Grand Forks Herald. Other positions she has held at the Herald include 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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FINLEY, N.D. - The "guilty" was quiet, but its impact filled the courtroom here Wednesday when Sherry Midstokke answered how she would plead to charges of murdering her husband. A...
Kimberly Warcken wrapped her 8-year-old brother Matthew in her arms for the last time on May 6, 1987. "I held my brother when he took his last breath," said Warcken, who was 7 years old at the time. "I had no idea know what was going on, I just knew he wasn't waking up." Matthew Kiefert died when he was ejected from a school bus after its driver ran a stop sign and collided with another car and rolled on a rural road near Valley City, N.D.
By the time this column reaches your fingertips, the new year will have been smacking me in the face for three or four days. That and likely a hangover because strawberry champagne is a seductive mistress.
The year 2014 came and went without the Federal Aviation Administration releasing its proposed rules for small unmanned aircraft — a draft North Dakota officials have been anxiously awaiting. "We're sitting here on pins and needles," said Al Palmer, director of UND's unmanned aircraft systems center. The rules would pertain to the use of small unmanned aerial systems, which are defined as devices less than 55 pounds.
Members of the Border Blades Figure Skating Club showed off their best Sunday night during the club’s annual ice show. More than 20 skaters took the ice at Purpur Arena...
With its lease agreement for an unmanned aerial systems business park set to wrap up soon, Grand Forks County is turning to its next UAS-related project — a sensor development range. If constructed, the range would allow manufacturers and other customers to test sensors, such as infrared cameras, attached to unmanned aircraft while in flight. The project could follow Grand Sky, a business park to be located on Grand Forks Air Force Base through a lease agreement between the base and county. "We see it enhancing the airspace initiative and enhancing Grand Sky," County Commissioner John
Some of the shadows enveloping mental illness and its public discussion are disappearing, but experts say more needs to be done to erase stigmas surrounding it and improve access to services. In order to move forward, more funding is essential, mental health officials say. "If we can get some support behind us — financially, of course, with the Legislature meeting — then we can strengthen our mental health system," said Debra Johnson, CEO of Prairie Harvest Mental Health in Grand Forks. "It needs to happen.
Rachael Bergman misses her animals — all 150 of them. Some cats live in kennels less than 25 feet from her office at Circle of Friends Humane Society. Additional cats and dogs are just behind a set of doors a few steps more, but Bergman hasn't been spending as much time with them lately as she would like. "My world is with the animals," she said, her office cat, an orange longhair named Gabby, pawing at her feet. Bergman's world has been different lately.
Board member John Chappell said it was his professional obligation to raise the alarm. At a Sept. 23 meeting of the Circle of Friends Humane Society’s board of directors, Chappell informed the board during closed session an employee had brought him a signed blank check he received in the mail.
The Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks has named an interim director. Animal Care Supervisor Rachael Bergman will lead the animal shelter while its board of directors searches...