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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As the renovation of the East Grand Forks swimming pool progresses, the project has encountered a number of unexpected repairs and replacements of items and structures. The unforeseen costs are adding up but haven't put the project over budget.
Brisk North Dakota winds greeted guests Thursday in the midst of an active construction site for Northrop Grumman's groundbreaking ceremony near Grand Forks. The defense contractor became the first tenant of Grand Sky business and technology park to turn up topsoil, even if it was with ceremonial shovels and not a backhoe.
Unmanned aircraft test flights conducted by North Dakota researchers will expand beyond state borders in the coming months. A UND committee unanimously approved three research missions Wednesday for flights planned for locations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado and Illinois, which involve using unmanned aircraft to inspect bridges, powerline poles, pipelines and real estate. The aircraft will be piloted by staff from the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, a state organization designated by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct research into UAS flight. The tes
East Grand Forks City Council member Henry Tweten said one of his community's strengths is the city's seniors. "One of the greatest assets that a community can have is its seniors," he said.
Plans for two apartment buildings on East Grand Forks' north end will need a few changes before they can receive a green light from the City Council. The council postponed on Tuesday during a work session giving preliminary approval to the apartment plans after questions arose regarding the price and placement of the road that would lead into the property's parking lot. The project would be located on a 3.8-acre site at 23rd Street Northwest and a possible future extension of Third Avenue Northwest on land recently annexed into the city. Craig Tweten, president of Community Contractors Inc.
Shovels hitting the dirt later this week at Northrop Grumman's groundbreaking ceremony is a sound local officials hope will ring in a period of job growth and development for the area. The aerospace and technology company will be the first tenant to begin construction at Grand Sky, a 217-acre business park situated on Grand Forks Air Force Base that focuses on unmanned aircraft systems and related services. Local leaders expect Northrop Grumman and other companies coming into the business park to be an economic boon for the base, Grand Forks and the surrounding communities.
The owner of an East Grand Forks trailer park is protesting $177,800 in special assessment charges the city says it must pay for the reconstruction of a part of 17th...
A development company seeking to build a nitrogen fertilizer plant project near Grand Forks said the project is nearly ready to move on to its next step. Leaders from Northern Plains Nitrogen and the city of Grand Forks met Friday for an update on the estimated $2 billion facility that could be located on a site 340-acres north of Grand Forks. Over the next several months, NPN officials will work to secure funding for and completing a Front End Engineering Design study, which Financing CEO Don Pottinger said will produce a more accurate cost estimate for constructing the facility. "The whol
While some states and utility companies prepare to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency over recently released emission reduction requirements, a regional energy provider is looking to increase its renewable energy output. Christopher Clark, president of Northern States Energy Company-Minnesota, a subsidiary of Xcel Energy Inc., said the EPA's Clean Power Plan is an opportunity for Xcel to re-evaluate its coal power production and bring more renewable resources online. "I think we're going to get to a cleaner energy mix and do it affordably," Clark said in a Herald editorial board m
East Grand Forks residents will see an increase in their monthly utility bills starting Nov.