Brandi Jewett is a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. A native of Valley City, N.D., 26 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at grandforksherald.com, on her blog at droningon.areavoices.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to email@example.com.
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A monthly speaker series featuring members of the unmanned aircraft systems industry is taking off in Grand Forks. Prairie Buzz opens the door to those interested in learning about the rapidly growing industry and North Dakota's involvement, which has earned the state national attention. Wednesday's installment featured two locals: Al Palmer, who heads UND's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program, and Matt Dunlevy, president of SkySkopes, an aerial inspection and photography startup located in Grand Forks. While their backgrounds differ, the audience learned both men and their affiliated organiz
The evolving unmanned aircraft systems industry in North Dakota has some members of a UND committee wondering what the group's role will be in the future. The UAS Research Compliance Committee is charged with reviewing and approving university research projects involving unmanned aircraft, though some wondered Wednesday if it would be able to keep up with rapiding-changing industry standards, including a push toward commercial flight. The discussion began during a group review of suggested changes that could make the committee's research project application more user-friendly. "As much as I
Polk County law enforcement agencies will be out for extra traffic safety enforcement in the coming year, but Minnesota will pay for overtime. The East Grand Forks Police Department, Crookston Police Department and Polk County Sheriff's Office were awarded a grant for nearly $31,000 from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety as part of its "Toward Zero Deaths" program. East Grand Forks is the fiscal agent for the grant, and the police department needed the City Council's approval to accept the grant. "This grant is very similar to what we've received for a number of years," Police Chief
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Construction is set to wrap up this week on a stretch of Fourth Street Northwest in East Grand Forks, which has been closed for the past few weeks as crews replace a water main. Last week, at least one City Council member expressed concerns to city staff about the street being closed off as sugarbeet pre-pile ramps up.
Two major city construction projects are on or ahead of schedule in East Grand Forks. New concession stands, a locker room and a warming area are taking shape in the Civic Center while crews have been preparing concrete for repairs and the installation of new equipment at the city's swimming pool. "They've just cut the (pool) walls for the stainless steel gutters,"said Dave Aker, superintendent of the city's parks and recreation department.
City officials here want to know if property owners in select areas would rehabilitate their homes or businesses if the city is chosen as a recipient of federal development money.
Areas in northwest Minnesota took another pounding Wednesday night as a severe storm moved through the region, bringing high winds and dropping baseball-size hail in some places.
The flight of some unmanned aircraft is no longer limited to the daytime in North Dakota. The Federal Aviation Administration has given aircraft operating in conjunction with the state's Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site permission to fly at night, officials announced Thursday. "The addition of night flying opens up the opportunities for industry partners to test sensor payloads in all lighting conditions," said Robert Becklund, executive director of the test site. Sensors carried by unmanned aircraft can include video cameras, thermal cameras and other technologies that c
East Grand Forks' VFW Post 3817 is looking to add a patio to its downtown building, but first it must convince the city to part with an empty lot next door. VFW member Frank Ringstad said he wanted start a conversation this week about the city-owned lot at the corner of DeMers Avenue and Fourth Street Northwest. "One of the things we've looked at is planning for the future, and one of the things we talked about was a patio," Ringstad said.