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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Biggins and Gingersnap don't share a typical home. They sleep in a room in the back of Treat Play Love, a pet supply store in Grand Forks. During business hours, Biggins wanders around the store and solicits attention from customers while Gingersnap prefers to watch from afar before approaching. Neither feline is for sale, but both are looking for good homes. Store owner Kelly Hilzendager is a participant in the Circle of Friends Humane Society's foster program. She has been fostering pets for various organizations since 2009.
Once people have the passion for art, they really dig into it says Grand Forks artist Kimberly Forness Wilson. She has seen that passion manifest itself in people from all walks of life, including participants in the art classes she leads at Mountainbrooke Recovery Center, a daily drop-in center for adults with mental illnesses. "They want to show the community they have something to offer," Wilson said.
Twenty purple people constructed from cardboard stand guard around Grand Forks. The text on their chests recounts incidents that often remain private and the frequency of which researchers have yet to quantify. A grandfather verbally abused by his grandson. A grandmother slapped by her daughter. Those studying the matter can only estimate how many elders are abused in Native American communities. According to UND professor Jacque Gray, that estimation is one in 10. "This is often a fear to divulge abuse," she said.
Changes are on the way for the Cities Area Transit system, and the agency is looking for public comments on proposed adjustments to bus routes in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The most significant change will be the system's conversion to a designated stop system.
The votes were cast in favor of expanding Grand Forks' curbside recycling program Monday night, but city staff has some work to do before residents see new bins in their driveways. The City Council's decision to expand the program gives residents the choice of picking a 60- or 90-gallon container for recyclables, but it could be three months before the bins are delivered, according to Public Works Director Todd Feland. "It's going to take a few weeks to get input from residents and to get bids for the containers," he said. In the meantime, Feland said residents can expect to see a large pub
The Grand Forks City Council approved an amendment to city law Monday that protects city employees from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The change will go into effect immediately and makes Grand Forks the first city in North Dakota to include this protection in city law. Director of the city's human resources department, Daryl Hovland, said he did not see the amendment having an effect on the department. "We hire the most qualified candidates," he said.
Grand Forks residents have the option of acquiring brand new recycling containers complete with lids and wheels following a Monday City Council vote. The council approved a plan 5-2 that would expand the city's curbside recycling program after nearly two hours of debate.
I had a map emailed to me the other day. Actually, it ended up being one of 22 maps published on the website Business Insider under its politics section. The maps didn't highlight the type of politics that involve elephants and donkeys. Instead, they depicted the politics of Americans and the English language, or more specifically, the battle over pronunciation and word choice. Having lived in North Dakota all my life, I know I pronounce things differently than people from other states.
A group examining the future of the Grand Forks Public Library is seeking public comments on what the facility's priorities should be. The survey, created by consulting firm Praxis Strategy Group, will be available online for at least the next month and will be accompanied by a public meeting next month with a date yet to be determined. It can be accessed at http://bit.ly/gflibrary and also will be posted on the library's website www.gflibrary.com within the week, according to Praxis consultant Mark Schill.
A Facebook slip-up had one Grand Forks City Council member in hot water Wednesday, marking another piece of the communitywide tussle over expanding the city's recycling program. Council members received an email Tuesday night with a screen shot of a Facebook status posted by Tyrone Grandstrand of Ward 2. The status was part of an email campaign urging residents to contact their council members and voice their support for expanding the recycling program. Grandstrand told the Herald Wednesday he copied the status from someone else but failed to see one line of text that would have his fellow