Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks 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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While the Grand Forks School Board mulls a proposed property tax increase, other schools districts in North Dakota are crunching the numbers and determining whether or not they should be taking similar action. Bismarck Public Schools isn't as far along in its budgeting process as Grand Forks, but its business manager Ed Gerhardt said the district will likely seek a tax increase.
The Rev. Karla Coen-Tuff planned a vigil Wednesday with the purpose of praying for the safe return of 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia, who had gone missing Wednesday afternoon. But as of Thursday afternoon, it was clear Anthony was not coming home. The body of the East Grand Forks boy was discovered Thursday afternoon by law enforcement. "This is not the service we had planned tonight," Coen-Tuff told the group of about 40 people who had gathered at United Lutheran Church in Grand Forks for the 7 p.m. vigil. "His family asked us to gather people to pray for his safe return," she said.
A Monday night pitch from a newly formed downtown improvement group had most of the Grand Forks City Council encouraging its efforts but asking for proof of financial support. Coordinators of the Downtown Development Association say the organization would take the form of a nonprofit and its revenue would mostly come from membership dues and events. The revenue would be used in part to beautify and potentially maintain downtown streets, sidewalks and other features.
Grand Forks Public Schools' property tax levy could increase 28.6 percent from the level it was reduced to by a recent state tax buydown. But despite the proposed hike, the district's mill levy would still be lower than last year's, district officials said Monday. Some Grand Forks property owners recently received a letter alerting them to a public hearing being held next week to discuss the potential tax increase. The increase may sound like a lot, but Vicky Schwartz, business manager for the district, said taxpayers can actually expect a nearly 30 percent decrease in property taxes levied
Facebook entered my life in high school. It hasn't left since, and I'm not sure it ever will. It's great for keeping up with people I care about who live far away, and it's even better for keeping up with people I could care less about. The latter seems to post the most. y Facebook friends are growing up, settling down and having some babies. I take that back -- they're having a lot of babies. And they're posting pictures of them on Facebook for their family and friends (and perfect strangers if they have lax privacy settings) to see. Facebook has become the new family photo album.
Conrad Schille says he was born into Saabs. The Swedish sports cars were a staple in his parents' household in St. Paul ever since he can remember. "My earliest memory as a kid, I took a ride in one with my dad," he said. "I got out of the passenger door and as I closed it, I slammed all the fingers of my left hand in it." The incident didn't faze Schille, 26, who said he spent the rest of his youth fixing up Saabs with his father.
Nearly $270 billion was invested in the clean energy sector at a global level last year, and energy experts say Grand Forks is doing its part to promote that type of energy at the local level. Mayor Mike Brown affirmed the city has "a long history of sustainability" at a Monday clean energy event held in City Hall. Event speakers with various backgrounds told of how their organizations are promoting clean energy. Brown cited city projects such as performing energy audits on city-owned buildings and adding hybrid buses to the public transportation fleet as evidence of creating a greener comm
Grand Forks residents could see utility rates climb on their 2014 city utility bills. Overall, utility bills would increase an estimated 7.25 percent next year in Mayor Mike Brown's 2014 budget proposal.
At 8 years old, the Grand Forks Regional Bomb Squad's Andros F6a bomb disposal robot isn't in as good of shape as the law enforcement group would like to see. But with a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a $59,000 upgrade the robot needs to stay at the top of its game won't cost the city of Grand Forks a dime. The squad's second robot, an ICOR MK-3, also will be receiving an upgrade costing $22,500. "You can think of the upgrade as changing the oil on your car," said Lt.
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.