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. She also serves as an alumni adviser to UND's Dakota Student newspaper. 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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A lone peregrine falcon has been hanging out on the UND water tower since Thursday, but local birdwatcher Dave Lambeth said it's not a member of Grand Forks' resident breeding pair. "The band color is wrong," he said, referring to identification bands placed around the bird's leg. Lambeth hasn't been able to get a good picture of the band so the falcon's identity remains a mystery. "You have to wait for the bird to stretch its leg or scratch (to get a good shot)," he said. With the falcon perched on the top of the water tower, the task is made even more difficult, he said.
Grand Forks residents could see new amenities pop up along the north stretch of the Greenway if public opinion is favorable. The city's Greenway Technical Committee is seeking input on proposals for two bocce ball courts and two horseshoe pits at the Seventh Avenue North entrance to the trails, and an expansion of the proposed disc golf course in Riverside Park. "We want to know 'How do you envision the Greenway?'" said Kim Greendahl, the city's Greenway specialist.
A request for a special license to sell alcohol during Springfest was put on hold Tuesday by a Grand Forks City Council committee. The annual music event is attended primarily by young adults, and, for the past several years, beer has been sold in a fenced area to those with wristbands indicating they are older than 21. Rhombus Guys pizzeria plans a similar setup for this year's event, scheduled for May 4 in University Park. But the fact that minors would mix with those of drinking age was flagged by City Attorney Howard Swanson in a memo to Service and Safety Committee members, who voted t
It's a week into the season of spring and Grand Forks' 35-member snow removal crew was still hauling tons of snow away from the city Tuesday -- more than 51,000 tons of it this year alone. About 38 inches of snow has fallen on Grand Forks since Jan. 1, according to Jim Kaiser, a meteorologist with Grand Forks' National Weather Service office.
The future of education in North Dakota, from preschool to college, was on the minds of Grand Forks residents attending Saturday's legislative forum. Worries over legislation costing college and universities accreditation were highlighted by state lawmakers and community members. "The university situation is a dire one," said Rep. Eliot Glassheim, D-Grand Forks, referring to the effects a resolution and some bills would have if passed. "You do not want the legislature making policy for higher education." House Resolution 3047, authored by Rep.
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The future of Grand Forks Public Library comes down to definitions, including whether or not a library is defined as a building, according to a committee discussing the facility's current state and future plans. The Library FutureVision Work Group spent its Thursday meeting defining the library's role in the community based on the services and opportunities they thought it should provide. Mike Goldstone, a consultant with Praxis Strategy Group, encouraged members to keep constraints in place when discussing what the library could offer. Those potential offerings included whether or not the
More than 300 gymnasts will flip, roll and somersault for top honors at the USA Gymnastics State Championships beginning at 2 p.m. today in Grand Forks. The three-day competition will feature athletes of all levels from across North Dakota, according to Steve Murray, executive director of the Red River Valley Gymnastics club in Grand Forks. About 15 athletes from the club will participate in the competition, which the club will host at its 26,000 square-foot facility. "We've been working hard to fix up our facility and get it to look good," Murray said.
The Grand Forks City Council voted Tuesday to bring more than 37 acres of land into the city limits -- 19 acres of which will be home to the city's second Walmart Supercenter. The decision was part of a handful of requests from the retail giant and city staff that the council approved, allowing Walmart to proceed with plans to build a store near Gateway Drive and North 55th Street. Upon reviewing site plans, Council President Hal Gershman said he was happy to see an attractive building and storm pond, but would like to see more done with landscaping near the store. Commercial businesses mus
The empty space of Thames Court in northwest Grand Forks will look different once Joe Genovese is through with it. Genovese's company, Genco Bakken Development, finalized the purchase of the court's 71 lots from the Grand Forks Housing Authority earlier this month. He hopes to be laying foun-dations for new homes in the space as early as May. "We're going to get in the ground as soon as the frost will let us," Genovese said. He expects construction to wrap up within one year or two building cycles at the most. The company plans to include a variety of home choices in Thames Court.