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 email@example.com.
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A successful summer continues for the newly renovated East Grand Forks swimming pool. The pool has topped previous attendance records and drawn users from around the region, including Grand Forks. In the first 55 days of operation, the pool has posted 7,455 visitors and reached a total revenue of $30,221, according to an email from Interim Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mark Dragich. "Hopefully these numbers will continue to grow for many summers to come," he said in the email.
There was a time in 1988 that Dan Boyce can recall no water flowing over the Riverside Park dam. A drought had slowed the Red River's flow but the demand for water from East Grand Forks and Grand Forks continued. "All the water that was coming down the river and the Red Lake River was being used between the two cities," said Boyce, who is the general manager of East Grand Forks Water and Light.
Staff members with the city of Grand Forks are hoping to give residents and visitors a new virtual way to explore the town and its local events. The Public Information Office has partnered with two local drone companies to give visitors to a new website a 360-degree view of Grand Forks staples using a special camera and unmanned aircraft, also known as a drone.
CROOKSTON — A dispute over a line deleted from a collective bargaining agreement between Crookston's school district and teachers union was put to rest earlier this summer in favor of the district.
With the start date for new regulations for commercial drone use just weeks away, speakers at a Grand Forks event looked to give residents an idea of what the rules could do for their business. The rules have been long awaited by those looking to enter the industry or utilize the services it provides, Field of View CEO David Dvorak told audience members gathered for the Thursday talk, one part of the monthly Drone Biz lunch series.
It was a successful primary Tuesday for endorsed candidates in regional races for Minnesota and federal positions. On the ballot this fall for the District 1 Senate race will be Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Kip Fontaine and Republican Mark Johnson. Fontaine bested challenger Jual Carlson by a vote of 2,362 to 681, according to complete but unofficial results. With his place on the ballot in hand, Fontaine said he'll continue reaching out to voters as the general election on Nov. 8 draws near.
If no more candidate filings are submitted for East Grand Forks mayor and City Council races, this election cycle could be a quiet one for the city. More than a week into the filing period, the races for the mayor's office and each of the council seats are uncontested. Candidates filed for the seats within the first few days of the period opening, and no new filings have come in since.
After years of dissatisfaction with its records management system, the East Grand Forks Police Department is considering jumping to a different service provider, but it won't come cheap. Switching to a system provided by Zuercher Technology would cost about $84,000, Police Chief Mike Hedlund told the City Council at its Tuesday work session. "The department badly needs a new record system," he said. "Our current system is not meeting the needs of our department in a variety of ways."
CLEARBROOK, Minn. — The man accused of firing a high-powered rifle at a helicopter carrying federal and local drug task force agents Monday faces three felony charges, including second-degree attempted murder. Carstie Lee Clausen, 71, of Clearbrook appeared Tuesday in Clearwater County District Court, where a judge set bail at $300,000 without conditions or $150,000 with conditions. In addition to attempted murder, prosecutors charged Clausen with first-degree assault for use of deadly force against a peace officer and a dangerous weapon charge. Both are felonies.
CLEARBROOK, Minn. — A Polk County Sheriff's deputy suffered injuries from breaking glass when a man fired at a helicopter the deputy was riding in Monday morning. Charges are pending against Carstie Lee Clausen of Clearbrook, who reportedly shot twice at the helicopter with a high-powered rifle. The deputy was not identified in a news release from the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office, but the release did note they were treated and released from Essentia Hospital in nearby Fosston, Minn.