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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While the Grand Forks School Board is preparing to vote on a 28 percent property tax increase Monday, other North Dakota school districts around preparing their budgets for similar scrutiny. This year, the state Legislature voted to provide school districts with more state funding in an attempt to cut taxes at local levels. Each school district received a 50-mill buydown from the state to be passed on as tax relief for property owners.
Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown's proposed budget emerged Monday from the first part of its approval process relatively unchanged. Despite a barrage of motions from City Council member Terry Bjerke, the mayor's proposal saw only a few alterations, including an increase in funds to create a new city website. The budget, which has no property tax rate increase, was given preliminary approval by council by a vote of 6-1. With preliminary approval received, the city's budget can be decreased but not increased. Final approval and a public hearing are set for 6 p.m. Sept. 16.
Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown won't be seeking a property tax increase in his proposed 2014 city budget, which is up for review by the City Council tonight. The council can choose to give preliminary approval to the proposal.
They're circular, involve only right turns and when mentioned strike fear into the heart of motorists unfamiliar with them. Studies say they reduce the severity of accidents, improve traffic flow and are safer for pedestrians. They're roundabouts and they're coming to Grand Forks. Roundabouts are circular intersections lacking traffic lights or stop signs.
By now, most college freshmen have survived their first week of college. Some of you are already hitting the books while others are hitting the streets in search of people to meet and things to do. Some are homesick and some are drunk (literally or figuratively) on new freedoms. Whatever you choose for your college priorities, I'm here to bestow a little advice on you. The most important thing you need to know is this: College isn't high school. As a freshman, you're coming into college with a clean slate.
A low unemployment rate and competition from North Dakota's Oil Patch region has local employers struggling to fill thousands of open jobs. Grand Forks staffing agencies and job experts say filling positions has become more difficult for employers, especially in industries such as retail, production, health care and construction. The allure of high wages in the Oil Patch is pulling workers out of the Grand Forks market, according to Tom Fetch, a business service consultant with Job Service North Dakota's Grand Forks office. The situation is exacerbated by low unemployment.
Results of a survey taken this summer and revealed Thursday indicate respondents favor the idea of building a new facility over remodeling the current Grand Forks Public Library. Survey takers were asked to score criteria using the number five for "strongly agree" and one for "strongly disagree" with other responses falling in between. About 720 people filled out the survey. Building a new library received more high-end scores than its counterpart, with 43 percent saying they strongly agreed with the idea compared to 18 percent strongly agreeing with a remodel.
Drivers speeding on Ruemmele Road in Grand Forks could see more flashing lights in their future. The City Council is reviewing a request to place radar signs on the road to decrease the amount of speeding traffic on the road. A radar sign displays the driver's actual speed and some models begin flashing warning lights if a speed passes a certain limit. The council's safety committee voted Tuesday to table the request until Sept.
It's an obstacle Grand Forks developers say they face often when attempting to construct apartment buildings in the city: resistance from residents. Neighborhood members often band together, sign petitions and voice their protests to city officials, City Council and others entities involved in the construction approval process. Sometimes residents want changes to building designs, promises of nice landscaping or additional buffers to keep out the riffraff.
While college students are often portrayed as the typical renters in Grand Forks, a growing number of older residents in the next decade could have developers thinking twice about who their target customers are. The city's senior population is expected to increase by 20 percent in the next 10 years, according to data assembled for the Grand Forks Housing Authority's 2012 housing needs assessment. "To date, the community has done well serving the housing needs of the elderly population," the Housing Authority's Executive Director Terry Hanson said.