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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Each week, Herald reporter Brandi Jewett answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics. Q. Will adding roundabouts to Grand Forks' street system make clearing snow more difficult? A. Ever since I wrote earlier this month about the two roundabouts planned for Grand Forks, residents have asked questions about their impact. The question of snow removal is one city spokesman Kevin Dean said has come up frequently. The answer? It shouldn't be a problem.
As runners line up Friday and Saturday for Wild Hog Half Marathon racing events in Grand Forks, they'll likely be thinking about the race course ahead and not the hours of planning behind it. The details of that planning have consumed the thoughts of Wild Hog's race planning committee members for the past 11 months. Following last year's inaugural event, the group had a month of rest before it got back in the saddle to begin planning this year's races, according to race director Richard Dafoe. "We were pretty exhausted," Dafoe said.
The decision to construct a $23,000 fence on North Columbia Road in Grand Forks has been put off indefinitely. The city and UND would have split costs evenly on the fence, which would run parallel to Columbia Road starting near Second Avenue South and connecting with Columbia's overpass wall. The wall, approximately 6 feet tall if built, aimed to prevent pedestrians from crossing the road from a parking lot near Memorial Stadium on the east side of Columbia and proceeding west to the Hyslop Sports Center on campus. The City Council's Service and Safety Committee was informed that the projec
In what seems like a rare occurrence, thundering applause followed a Grand Forks City Council committee decision Monday night. More than 40 people watched as a city law proposing a ban on housing discrimination was discussed and ultimately given preliminary approval by a unanimous vote of the council's Finance and Development Committee. If signed into the books, the law would be the first in the state to prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identify, according to council members. The law is up for final approval from the full council on Oct.
It was a chilly morning Saturday in Grand Forks, but a slight nip didn't discourage nearly 4,000 runners from packing the Alerus Center's parking lot in preparation for a race. The runners weren't there for glory or awards and the only people keeping time were the athletes themselves. Most were there for this race's unusual feature: Covering people in colored powder while they run. Known as the "Happiest 5k on the Planet," Grand Forks' first Color Run kicked off at 8 a.m.
Supplies are running low at Dak-Minn Blood Bank in Grand Forks, and its staff members say they need donations from the public now more than ever. "We are serious when we have those pleas out there," Donor Resource Coordinator Mark Jensen said referring to advertisements the organization has placed around town. "It's not just a ploy to get people in to donate blood.
An increasing need for services and rising costs has the city of Grand Forks boosting funding for a local group working to reduce domestic violence. The city maintains a contract with the Community Violence Intervention Center for services such as counseling and facilitating safe visitation between children and adults. This year the City Council voted to increase payment to the center by about $23,000, bringing the total for the 2014 contract to $123,000. According to CVIC's executive director, Kristi Hall-Jiran, those services save both the city and Grand Forks County money The safe visit
More than 80 years after their foundations were laid in Grand Forks, two properties have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Both built in the late 1920s, the Skarsbo apartments and the Hariman Sanatorium were accepted into the register on Aug. 27 and 28 respectively.
Hard feelings over Grand Forks Public Schools' budget problems seem to be popping up in unexpected places. During a Monday discussion about federal grant money at a City Council meeting, council members expressed their reservations about approving $99,700 for a new playground at Wilder Elementary School. The council approved the grant, but not before questioning if the money for the project should be distributed by the city. "The district continues to spend taxpayer money but can't afford to buy playground equipment," council member Dana Sande said.
After months of discussion and vetting, the Grand Forks city budget received final approval Monday from City Council without an audible complaint. The meeting was a different scene from last year, when more than a dozen residents turned out to chastise the city for raising taxes. This year, a single letter protesting an increase in taxes was sent to the city, according Mayor Mike Brown. The budget vote also passed without comment from council members, though the group spent more than an hour debating numbers at its last meeting. In the end, city property tax rates won't be going up for res