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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Gas prices have jumped by 30 cents or more in North Dakota in the past month, but AAA says relief is on the way. The price spike has left North Dakota with the fourth-highest average gas price in the nation at $3.99.
A choice between two options for Grand Forks' curbside recycling program had the City Council divided at its Monday meeting. The council was asked to pick between extending the city's current level of recycling services and increasing that service. Increasing the level of service could result in higher program participation, according to Public Works Director Todd Feland, but could come with additional costs upward of $700,000 to pay for new containers. Council member Tyrone Grandstrand voiced support for increasing service. "I think it's something people would be willing to pay for," he s
A new health movement aimed at getting people off the couch and pursuing a more active lifestyle is set to sweep through Grand Forks this June. The movement, called 30 Days of Running, encourages residents to get up and run or walk every day next month and is being led by Altru Health System. It doesn't matter if the participants run marathons or have never stepped foot on a treadmill, according to Altru spokeswoman Lindsey Reznicek.
The owners of Rhombus Guys pizzeria in Grand Forks are one step closer to assuming a federal loan that would come with their purchase of a historic downtown building. The loan's transfer from development firm Oriental Avenue to Rhombus Guys was given preliminary approval by the City Council's finance committee Tuesday. The loan would be transferred if a sale is completed on the Metropolitan Opera House located at 116 S. Third St.
When researching a story about snooping on neighbors, I needed a guinea pig to figure out just how painless it is to get information about someone off the Internet. I figured the easiest name to plug into Google would be my own. After hitting "search," pages and pages of stories I have written for the Herald popped up in my results.
They say good fences make good neighbors, but thanks to the Internet, residents can peek over their neighbors' fences without leaving the comfort of their homes. Before the Internet, neighborhood snoops had to poke around in records at the courthouse or sit outside and observe a backyard barbeque. Building a privacy fence usually took care of some problems concerning that nosy neighbor playing peek-a-boo from behind curtains. But now, a quick Internet search can reveal piles of information about your neighbors, their kids or relatives -- or yours if you're the subject of their search.
The Metropolitan Opera House located in downtown Grand Forks soon could have new owners whose current business venture is just around the corner. The building's owner, development firm Oriental Avenue LLP, is in the middle of negotiating a sale with Rhombus House of Pizza, the company behind Rhombus Guys pizzerias in Grand Forks, Fargo and Mentor, Minn. "We've gotten a few offers over the years, and when they make sense we follow up on them," said Lonnie Laffen, a partner in Oriental Avenue. The building, located at 116 S.
A firm's proposal to build a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant near Grand Forks jumped its first hurdle Monday at a City Council meeting. The Grand Forks City Council approved an agreement with Northern Plains Nitrogen that seeks to establish a wastewater use agreement with the city. The plant would require 7.7 million gallons of water a day to operate.
Buying cake and making punch are considered staples of preparing for a graduation party, but some hosts are going beyond securing the essentials for their graduates' bashes. Local business staff said it's also common for people hosting a graduation party to seek out the services of housecleaners, carpet cleaners and landscapers before friends and relatives fill their home. But getting those services lined up on top of buying of the usual graduation party supplies can be a stressful and expensive experience. "People that call us joke it's like planning a small wedding," said Katie Stauss, ma
Construction is expected to be booming in Grand Forks this summer despite a late start and a shortage of workers. Cool spring weather kept snow and frost hanging around longer than usual and many contractors out of the ground until this month. A need for more workers could delay their projects even further. "We were spoiled last winter," said City Planner Brad Gengler.