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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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.
A major traffic disruption in Grand Forks begins Sunday as Columbia Road closes for the summer to undergo a facelift. The $4.2 million construction project will shut down the road from its DeMers Avenue interchange to 11th Avenue South in an attempt to smooth the street and expand it to six lanes. "It's going to be quite disruptive to the traveling public," said Assistant City Engineer Mark Walker.
I hit a milestone this month. It involved a lot of late nights and earned me some razzing from friends, but I did it. I can officially say I put 265 hours into a video game. That's right, I have spent about 11 days sitting on a couch, maneuvering levers and clicking buttons in pursuit of completing quests in "The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim." That's a drop in the bucket compared to what some people may put into that game or others like it, but I'm proud of my accomplishment -- or at least I am after some convincing from my male roommates.
Whether it's the big, boxy TV in the basement or the seemingly ancient desktop computer gathering dust in the garage, both can be dropped off at upcoming recycling events in the area. Organized by the public works departments of Grand Fork and East Grand Forks, the events encourage residents to drop off unwanted electronics to be recycled instead of taking them to the landfill. "Otherwise they're taking up space in the dump," said Jason Stordahl, director of the East Grand Forks department.
A chilly spring seems to be keeping area plant enthusiasts from stopping into nurseries and getting a start on planting their gardens and flowers. Nightly low temperatures this week are expected to drop below freezing and keep many out of the ground until at least next week -- leaving gardeners and flower enthusiasts irritated and nurseries with little business. "We've seen a lot of frustration (with the weather)," said Joe Bergeson, manager of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, Minn. "People know it's not safe to plant.
Soggy ground and cold weather threatened to kill this year's Springfest in Grand Forks' University Park, but park officials gave the nod Tuesday for the event to happen. Springfest's layout will need a few alterations to ensure vehicles hauling equipment and selling concessions won't damage the park's soft ground. "The park will only be open to foot traffic," said Bill Palmiscno, superintendent of recreation for the Grand Forks Park District. That means all equipment needed for the event, from fencing to portable toilets, must be brought in by hand. The district's mobile stage will be park
The Red River at Grand Forks and East Grand Forks could be seeing a potential crest of 45.5 feet this weekend, according to the National Weather Service's flood forecast. This value comes in about 6 inches lower than a previous prediction issued last week. The crest comes in at a precarious level for the city, which will soon have to decide if bridges over the river will have to close. "It's going to be close," said John Bernstrom, a city information officer. "We're going to keep monitoring everything and hopefully won't have to close any bridges.
Only seven months after its $4 million turf upgrade was completed, the Alerus Center in Grand Forks is having it torn out and replaced free of charge by the manufacturer. Staff encountered problems while converting the city-owned event center's arena to a football field, according to Operations Manager Jeremy Linstad. "The field itself was performing fine," he said.
A policy allowing families to purchase roadside memorials that would be posted on city property was given preliminary approval Tuesday by a Grand Forks City Council committee. The policy would create an application process for people who want to use a roadside memorial to honor a family member killed in a traffic accident.
Flood preparations have begun in Grand Forks, but flood experts are encouraging those living outside the city's flood protection system to begin taking precautions as well. Local emergency management officials have said flooding isn't expected to be an issue within city limits, but rural areas along the Red River could be affected by major flooding. Ken Hellevang, a North Dakota State University Extension Service agricultural engineer, said rural residents should take time to plan their property protection before water begins rising. Shelter and supplies One of the most important p