Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald and reports on a variety of topics. Other positions she has held at the Herald include city government reporter, general assigment reporter and news intern. While attending the University of North Dakota, she worked as a news reporter and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Dakota Student. She now serves as one of its alumni advisers. A native of Valley City, N.D., 23 years worth of winters hasn't scared her out of the state yet.
You can follow Jewett and her reporting projects on her blog www.diggingdeeper.areavoices.com.
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Though the 4th Street Eatery is known for its homemade soups, entrees prepared from scratch and Better Than Robert Redford dessert, it has a mission that extends beyond serving good food. Located on the sixth floor of the County Office Building in downtown Grand Forks, the restaurant was established in 2006 to assist community members battling with mental illness. "We're not here to make a profit," said manager Elaine Olson.
Despite enduring heated debate over wage increases in the past several months, including over a promotion that council members didn't know about, the city of Grand Forks received praise Wednesday for its employee salary plan. The city hired Public Sector Personnel Consultants to review its plan, which was first implemented 11 years ago and has not received a major evaluation since. Firm president Matthew Weatherly delivered the compliment at the City Council's Wednesday night work session. "Your city is the envy of other clients," he said.
Grand Forks, with its large hospital and numerous medical specialists, draws patients from a vast region.
To bring down housing costs, Grand Forks residents say the city should talk more about these issues with the community, and find ways to reduce the cost and financial burden of infrastructure. Residents were asked to select their top three priorities out of a list of 12 selected by the city's Blue Ribbon Commission on Housing. Community engagement's high ranking is a good sign, according to Mark Schill, a consultant working with the commission. "I think people are willing and eager to participate in this process," he said.
An update to Grand Forks' stormwater policy raised questions about public safety at Monday's City Council meeting. The update, passed unanimously, included changes to the city's specifications for stormwater ponds, used to manage drainage. Some of the changes were meant to make the ponds safer and discourage the public from entering them, according to City Engineer Al Grasser. Under the new policy, the steepness of the ponds' sides would be reduced and a more gradual decline called a safety shelf would extend 10 feet into the water.
Whether you're hunting for unique knick-knacks or don't want to spend $100 on new rug, you may find what you're looking for by rifling through the shelves and racks of local secondhand stores. The Greater Grand Forks area is home to more than a dozen stores that may specialize in gently used clothing, furniture or offer just about any household good. *Denotes store staff did not return calls for comment by press time. 1. Clothes Mentor • 2500 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks • (701) 757-2800 • Carries only brand-name women's clothing and accessories.
They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but I beg to differ. When it comes to what guys want in a woman and what their fathers think they should want, that apple has hopped on a Greyhound bus and is riding off into the sunset. Most fathers are looking for someone who will take care of their son's every need (define that how you may) when it comes to playing house. Nowadays most guys are looking for girls who can hang, whether it's sitting at home and watching sports, beating them out for top spot in a go-kart race or jumping in a multiplayer video game battle.
Alan Davis, 41, is a man of few words. The ones he does use to tell his story echo the frustrations and hardships he and other residents of the Northlands Rescue Mission face in Grand Forks. A former resident of Bagley, Minn., Davis came to Grand Forks in October 2011 looking for work as a truck driver or a cook. A heart condition and spontaneous lung collapse have kept him from getting a job, he said.
Preliminary plans for a 360-acre development drew praise from Grand Forks city leaders at a Wednesday night commission meeting. "This is the biggest, most significant development in the history of Grand Forks sans the Columbia Mall," said Commissioner Doug Christensen. Christensen was joined by Mayor Mike Brown who called the potential development a "big deal." The latest version of the Southern Estates development plan was presented to the city's Planning and Zoning Commission for informational purposes.
Despite being about $60,000 short of its Christmas campaign goal, the Grand Forks Salvation Army said it is slightly ahead of itself compared to this time last year. "It sounds like a lot," said spokeswoman Annette Bauer.