Brandi Jewett is a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. A native of Valley City, N.D., 26 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at grandforksherald.com, on her blog at droningon.areavoices.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to email@example.com.
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With summer comes green lawns, and with overgrown lawns come complaints. Letters from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks city departments informing property owners their property has become a nuisance because of tall grass and weeds have landed in dozens of mailboxes so far this year. In East Grand Forks, the city had sent out 24 letters as of Friday, which is about average, according to City Planner Nancy Ellis.
Summer is a time when pools open, flowers bloom and I will inevitably sunburn and then peel like a banana. My skin's savior comes in the form of green goo...
Page through a list of potential improvements to Bygland Road in East Grand Forks and the possibilities seem endless. The road is under the microscope of Metropolitan Planning Organization officials, who are researching ways to alleviate concerns residents have with the road, including too much traffic, a lack of turn lanes and not enough stoplights. "What we're going to talk about is options.
The countdown will soon start for East Grand Forks to negotiate a new franchise agreement with cable company Midcontinent Communications. The city's current 10-year contract with the company ends this month.
Plans for an empty expanse of concrete and dozens of empty acres near Grand Forks Air Force Base have finally come to fruition after a nearly five-year process. What is now prairie and an abandoned runway connection to the base will soon give way to Grand Sky, a unmanned aircraft systems business park that could bring $200 million to $300 million in development to the area. "It came from just a concept and a dream, and now when you see the dirt turn for something like this, the reality is there," said John Smsek, a former Grand Forks County commissioner worked closely with the project.
East Grand Forks police officers past and present gathered Thursday to recognize the achievements of their peers.
The Wednesday ceremony honoring Alex Schilke was short, but it recognized a potentially long-lasting impact the East Grand Forks police officer has had on his community. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety recently named Schilke to its DWI Enforcer All-Star Team for making 26 driving while intoxicated arrests in 2014.
Walsh County Commission last week granted a request from County Recorder Diane Link to relieve her of marriage licensing and officiating duties after she said it would go against her beliefs to grant licenses to same-sex couples. Link said she believes marriage is between a man and a woman and she is not comfortable issuing licenses or performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, so on July 6 she asked the commission to transfer her duties to Deputy Recorder Yvette Moe. "My deputy has always done licenses and ceremonies, so nothing has changed there except instead of two people doing
The East Grand Forks City Council has put the decision to grant liquor licenses to accommodate painting classes in the hands of the state Legislature. In doing so, the council followed the legal opinion of City Attorney Ron Galstad, who had reservations about the council modifying city liquor laws so Creatively Uncorked could qualify for a license. "In my opinion, it's something that the Legislature is probably looking at, and we're better off asking the Legislature to ... make another exception," Galstad said at Tuesday's council work session.
The sound of sirens poured over Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Sunday and announced the impending arrival of thunderstorms with the potential to create a tornado. While they may seem frequent this year, sirens in the cities don't sound for every weather event but rely on thresholds set by local public safety agencies. In Grand Forks, Sunday's tornado warning prompted officials at the Public Safety Answering Point to sound the alarm.