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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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.
The Grand Forks Public Library is managing a larger collection with less money and space than other similarly sized libraries, according to a consulting firm. The analysis also found that collection is checked out at a higher rate than at other libraries. "The library's total circulation is 85 percent higher than the median of its peer group," said Mark Schill of Praxis Strategy Group. The results, compiled by Praxis, were presented to the library FutureVision Working Group at its Thursday night meeting.
Grand Forks City Council members Tuesday received a preview of the long list of preparations required to make a proposed $1.5 billion fertilizer plant near the city a reality. The council's Service and Safety Committee approved a letter of intent addressed to Northern Plains Nitrogen, the plant's developer, which seeks to negotiate the terms of the city supplying the facility with water, and alter permits issued by state agencies. "We need to get going with the permitting part," said Director of Public Works Todd Feland.
The passage Monday of bill legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota came down to one word for UND student Jorja Petersen. "Yay!" she exclaimed while sitting with friends at a small cookout held in honor of the passing vote in the Minnesota Senate. Petersen, who indentifies as a lesbian, is the outgoing president of the UND Ten Percent Society, a group that provides support for people of all sexual orientations. Originally from St.
A Twitter account that had Grand Forks fans of the restaurant Chipotle dreaming of burritos has turned out to be a hoax. An account with the handle @ChipotleGF popped up Friday with claims that the Mexican grill chain restaurant was coming to Grand Forks in 2014 or 2015. "This time next year #UND students will be able to celebrate finals week with #ChipotleGF," the pranksters tweeted. The account has accrued more than 170 followers since Friday but is not affiliated with the company, according to Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold. "As for a locati
A big change up in North Dakota's education funding system aims to leave more money in taxpayer pockets, but fast-growing school districts such as Grand Forks may feel a financial squeeze. House Bill 1013's new funding formula approved last week by the Legislature would result in $656 million in property tax relief for state residents by requiring the state to carry more of the education-funding burden. "The school districts got a lot of money, and the state now will pay approximately 75 percent of the cost of education," said Rep.
Mary Wakefield's lifelong interest in health propelled her to the top of a federal healthcare agency. What she has accomplished as administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and as a former practicing nurse, UND professor and director of UND's Center for Rural Health earned her special recogni-tion Tuesday morning from Altru Health System.
Roadside memorials for traffic fatalities will have a different look as a result of new city policy passed Monday by the Grand Forks City Council. Crosses, flowers and other mementos arranged at the sites of car accidents will be replaced by standardized signs available to families from the city through an application process. Only families of those killed in traffic accidents will be able to apply for a memorial, which are limited to being placed near major city thoroughfares for a period of no more than 10 years. The 10-year time limit was supported by Grand Forks resident Jackie Hoffarth
When people think of donating food, images of canned vegetables, boxes of cereal and other nonperishable items may pop into their heads.
The snow is disappearing in Grand Forks but cleaning up the layer of trash and sand revealed by its absence has been delayed by cold weather. It will take the efforts of city crews and volunteers to tackle the litter in the annual spring cleanup -- a project that could last until the end of May. "We were all done with cleanup in March this time last year," said Street Superintendent Mark Aubol. Temperatures had already spiked into the 70s by St.