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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After completing a nearly 1,300-mile journey, the first piece of a proposed veterans memorial park arrived safely at a storage facility Monday in Grand Forks. The piece is a 24,000-pound anchor from a Navy ammunition ship, the USS Kiska, which traveled by semi to Grand Forks from Texas. It was unloaded by crane at a Park District storage facility where it will sit until moved to its final home at Richard's West Park some time next year. A volunteer crew from Minnkota Power Cooperative guided the anchor to the ground without incident -- though its weight did test the equipment's strength. "
With a large dog dangling from his right arm by its mouth Thursday, Andrew Ebertowski seemed to be in trouble. The dog, a 5½-year-old Belgian Malinois named Reno, is only doing what he does best -- catching the bad guy. But Ebertowski, 24, isn't really a bad guy. He's a member of the Grand Forks Police Department and is letting Reno sink a few teeth into his arm, which is covered by a protective sleeve used during criminal-apprehension training. "It's a trained work dog so it's a little intimidating," Ebertowski said before Reno bolted for him at the command of his handler Cpl.
A growing student enrollment and a faulty detail in a state aid distribution formula are the driving force behind a proposed 28.6 percent increase to Grand Forks Public Schools' property tax rate, according to district officials. The increase comes after a property tax relief measure was approved by the state Legislature earlier this year. Superintendent Larry Nybladh said the district's preference is not to raise taxes but the move is necessary to keep up with expanding enrollment. "New growth is not being paid for," he said.
While the Grand Forks School Board mulls a proposed property tax increase, other schools districts in North Dakota are crunching the numbers and determining whether or not they should be taking similar action. Bismarck Public Schools isn't as far along in its budgeting process as Grand Forks, but its business manager Ed Gerhardt said the district will likely seek a tax increase.
The Rev. Karla Coen-Tuff planned a vigil Wednesday with the purpose of praying for the safe return of 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia, who had gone missing Wednesday afternoon. But as of Thursday afternoon, it was clear Anthony was not coming home. The body of the East Grand Forks boy was discovered Thursday afternoon by law enforcement. "This is not the service we had planned tonight," Coen-Tuff told the group of about 40 people who had gathered at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks for the 7 p.m. vigil. "His family asked us to gather people to pray for his safe return," she said.
A Monday night pitch from a newly formed downtown improvement group had most of the Grand Forks City Council encouraging its efforts but asking for proof of financial support. Coordinators of the Downtown Development Association say the organization would take the form of a nonprofit and its revenue would mostly come from membership dues and events. The revenue would be used in part to beautify and potentially maintain downtown streets, sidewalks and other features.
Grand Forks Public Schools' property tax levy could increase 28.6 percent from the level it was reduced to by a recent state tax buydown. But despite the proposed hike, the district's mill levy would still be lower than last year's, district officials said Monday. Some Grand Forks property owners recently received a letter alerting them to a public hearing being held next week to discuss the potential tax increase. The increase may sound like a lot, but Vicky Schwartz, business manager for the district, said taxpayers can actually expect a nearly 30 percent decrease in property taxes levied
Facebook entered my life in high school. It hasn't left since, and I'm not sure it ever will. It's great for keeping up with people I care about who live far away, and it's even better for keeping up with people I could care less about. The latter seems to post the most. y Facebook friends are growing up, settling down and having some babies. I take that back -- they're having a lot of babies. And they're posting pictures of them on Facebook for their family and friends (and perfect strangers if they have lax privacy settings) to see. Facebook has become the new family photo album.
Conrad Schille says he was born into Saabs. The Swedish sports cars were a staple in his parents' household in St. Paul ever since he can remember. "My earliest memory as a kid, I took a ride in one with my dad," he said. "I got out of the passenger door and as I closed it, I slammed all the fingers of my left hand in it." The incident didn't faze Schille, 26, who said he spent the rest of his youth fixing up Saabs with his father.
Nearly $270 billion was invested in the clean energy sector at a global level last year, and energy experts say Grand Forks is doing its part to promote that type of energy at the local level. Mayor Mike Brown affirmed the city has "a long history of sustainability" at a Monday clean energy event held in City Hall. Event speakers with various backgrounds told of how their organizations are promoting clean energy. Brown cited city projects such as performing energy audits on city-owned buildings and adding hybrid buses to the public transportation fleet as evidence of creating a greener comm