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 humans are usually the focus of Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity, the organization called on Grand Forks businesses to build homes of a different sort this year for a fundraiser -- doghouses. The homes for man's best friend will hit the auction block this Saturday at the organization's first Habitat for Hounds event. "It's a little unique. We wanted something playing off of what we do," Habitat's Executive Director Kyle Kosior said. Habitat for Hounds begins at 6 p.m. at the Grand Forks Country Club.
After an August vote rejected plans to expand Grand Forks' recycling program, a City Council committee chose to wait Tuesday to make a decision on a contract that would continue the program as it is. A vote to grant or deny preliminary approval to the city's proposed five-year contract with firm Waste Management was tabled until the next meeting of the Service and Safety Committee on Nov.
City and county officials are at odds over who is responsible for clearing junked cars from a property just outside the Grand Forks city limits. Last month, the entities submitted separate requests for an opinion from the North Dakota attorney general in an effort to resolve the matter. The opinion would clear up who has jurisdiction over the property and has the power to bill the owner for the cleanup costs. The city does have authority that extends past its limits, but, according to City Attorney Howard Swanson, that power doesn't apply in this case. "The city does not have the authority
Each week, Herald reporter Brandi Jewett answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics. Q. As you drive south on Columbia Road, there's a right-hand turn lane into the Altru Health campus that's blocked off. When will that lane open, and how do you take a right-hand turn at that intersection? A. As you may know, Columbia Road was reconstructed this summer from the DeMers Avenue overpass to the intersection of 11th Avenue South.
Though she doesn't relish being the center of attention, Grand Forks Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty seems to attract it wherever she is since going "viral" last year. As a newspaper reporter accustomed to being behind the scenes, nearly a year of TV appearances and book signings has put 87 year old in the spotlight. "People want to take their picture with me," Hagerty said with a laugh. "I just don't understand it." But going with the flow -- as she puts it -- Hagerty met fans and friends with a smile at her most recent book signing, held Sunday in the Herald's Community Room.
The Grand Forks city budget for 2014 was certified by the county auditor late last month, but not every entry in it is set in stone. One of those entries is a placeholder line item that could provide up to $75,000 to a group aiming to improve Grand Forks' downtown area. For now, the amount the Downtown Development Association would receive is up in the air but would be set by City Council later this year or early in 2014. The association was established earlier this year by a group of downtown business owners and supporters.
After an apartment building boom hit Grand Forks this summer, city planning staff says rental construction projects should be looked at more closely going forward. City Planner Brad Gengler shared his concerns about the more than 1,000 apartment units that have been reviewed, are under construction or have been completed in the last year with the city's Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday. "When we try to measure or weigh how much is too much, it's a hard question to answer," Gengler said. This caution was a factor in the planning staff's recommendation to deny a rezoning request fi
It's mid-afternoon on Todd Feland's first official day as Grand Forks city administrator, and he's discovering he's got a lot to learn about City Hall. "He doesn't even know where the coffee is," said Executive Assistant Diane Stanislowski with a laugh as she pointed him toward a coffee maker around the corner from her desk in the mayor's office. Feland, 42, who has served as the city's public works director for the past 13 years, just moved into his City Hall digs from his old office at the Public Works building on 47th Street. His office walls are bare and his desk is devoid of any sort o
The Grand Forks City Council won't be revisiting a vote it made two weeks ago that reaffirmed that art grants must be given only to groups with arts-based missions. Council member Tyrone Grandstrand made a motion to reconsider the vote after critics of the decision complained but no one seconded his motion at the council's meeting Monday night. On Oct.
While more and more houses and businesses continue to pop up on Grand Forks' south end, it's the west end where city staff members say there may be significant growth in the next few years. Earlier this year, patches of land were identified as growth areas by the city and require significant infrastructure investments -- including streets, sewers, stormwater ponds and water service -- in preparation for development. "Growth in those areas will occur in the near future," city Public Works Director Todd Feland said.