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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When researching a story about snooping on neighbors, I needed a guinea pig to figure out just how painless it is to get information about someone off the Internet. I figured the easiest name to plug into Google would be my own. After hitting "search," pages and pages of stories I have written for the Herald popped up in my results.
They say good fences make good neighbors, but thanks to the Internet, residents can peek over their neighbors' fences without leaving the comfort of their homes. Before the Internet, neighborhood snoops had to poke around in records at the courthouse or sit outside and observe a backyard barbeque. Building a privacy fence usually took care of some problems concerning that nosy neighbor playing peek-a-boo from behind curtains. But now, a quick Internet search can reveal piles of information about your neighbors, their kids or relatives -- or yours if you're the subject of their search.
The Metropolitan Opera House located in downtown Grand Forks soon could have new owners whose current business venture is just around the corner. The building's owner, development firm Oriental Avenue LLP, is in the middle of negotiating a sale with Rhombus House of Pizza, the company behind Rhombus Guys pizzerias in Grand Forks, Fargo and Mentor, Minn. "We've gotten a few offers over the years, and when they make sense we follow up on them," said Lonnie Laffen, a partner in Oriental Avenue. The building, located at 116 S.
A firm's proposal to build a $1.5 billion fertilizer plant near Grand Forks jumped its first hurdle Monday at a City Council meeting. The Grand Forks City Council approved an agreement with Northern Plains Nitrogen that seeks to establish a wastewater use agreement with the city. The plant would require 7.7 million gallons of water a day to operate.
Buying cake and making punch are considered staples of preparing for a graduation party, but some hosts are going beyond securing the essentials for their graduates' bashes. Local business staff said it's also common for people hosting a graduation party to seek out the services of housecleaners, carpet cleaners and landscapers before friends and relatives fill their home. But getting those services lined up on top of buying of the usual graduation party supplies can be a stressful and expensive experience. "People that call us joke it's like planning a small wedding," said Katie Stauss, ma
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