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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It's been a busy summer so far for Nekaiya Herring and Darrin Stork. Sheets of paper, binders and folders cover the table in their makeshift office on the third floor of Grand Forks City Hall. Transformed from a conference room to a work area for two, the room serves as a command center for the pair of UND students who are interning with the city this summer.
The numbers are in and Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown's proposed 2014 city budget is shaping up to be free of mill increases, but will include a jump in utility rates. The city's property tax rate of about 109 mills would continue into 2014 if approved by the City Council, according to the Finance Director Maureen Storstad. A mill is equal to a 10th of a cent and is used to determine property taxes.
Grand Forks and UND officials are hoping the creation of a joint committee will help curb high-risk alcohol use and its associated culture in the city. The entities announced Thursday the formation of the Community and Campus Committee on High-Risk Alcohol Use at a news conference.
After two months of its design committee working with consultants, the Grand Forks Public School Board approved preliminary designs for a new $15 million elementary school Monday night. The board voted unanimously to accept schematic designs of the school building prepared by JLG Architects. Schematic designs plot room size shape but not necessarily interior look and function, according to JLG consultant Ted Rozeboom. The elementary school, to be located on the city's southern end near South 34th Street and 40th Avenue South, would be a two-story building that would hold 350 kids.
During its most recent applicant recruiting campaign, the Minnesota State Patrol decided to go beyond the traditional help wanted ad. The law enforcement agency flooded social media with calls for candidates. "Just say no to cubicles. Apply to be a state trooper through July 12. No law enf. Exp.
Police were called to an East Grand Forks residence early Friday morning after the homeowner reported breaking glass and possible bullet holes. East Grand Forks police officers inspected the home, located at 1016 20th St. N.W., shortly after 2 a.m. and found bullet holes in a window and in the home's exterior. No one was injured. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the East Grand Forks Police Department at (218) 773-1104.
Residents aren't sure what's in the Grand Forks Public Library's future, but some say things needs to change. More than 25 Grand Forks County residents attended a public input meeting Thursday night to weigh in the state of the current facility and what could be in store for it down the road. "I'm disgusted by the library we have now. Something needs to change," said Grand Forks resident Bob Mullen. "But I'm not sure what the library of the future looks like.
Grand Forks experienced population growth in 2012 that is ahead of city planners' predictions while East Grand Forks saw an unexpected drop, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's estimate. Grand Forks picked up an estimated 792 residents compared to 2011 for a growth rate of 1.5 percent, the bureau said. "It's fairly good for the city," said Earl Haugen, executive director of the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization. The increase comes in higher than the yearly growth rate adopted by the city for use in its long-range land use plan, which is 1.2 percent.
Nearly 10 months after the first of 26 tuberculosis cases were diagnosed in Grand Forks, city health officials are still working on managing the outbreak and associated costs. More than 1,500 people have been tested since October 2012, when the first TB case was detected at Phoenix Elementary School, according to Public Health Director Don Shields. The testing continues and Shields said there may be more diagnosed cases announced as department staff track down more people who may have come in contact with infected persons. The disease, which attacks the lungs, brain and kidneys, is potenti
Grand Forks community service officers are increasing patrols this week in an effort to crack down on dog owners who let their pets run without leashes. The city's two officers will be making extra sweeps of the Greenway where a number of complaints have come from in recent weeks. Police officers also will be keeping an eye out for offenders while on patrol. Lt. Michael Ferguson with the Grand Forks Police Department says dog owners can expect enforcement to be strict. Those caught with unleashed pets will be fined $31 if it's their first offense.