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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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
The Grand Forks flood protection system has cost more than $400 million to construct, but it may be saving residents hundreds of dollars year in flood insurance premiums.
Cities in more than 190 countries will celebrate Earth Day today, including Grand Forks, which also has a week of activities planned for residents. But Grand Forks' plans to protect the environment and become a greener city go beyond its Earth Week celebration, according to city Sustainability Coordinator Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett. She and other city staff have completed a number of projects aimed at improving Grand Forks' sustainability and have more on their to-do list. "This is a big year for us," Pflughoeft-Hassett said of 2013. Energy audits One of the largest projects the sust
A group of Grand Forks petitioners received the official go-head Friday from North Dakota's secretary of state to begin collecting signatures to put three recently passed anti-abortion laws to a statewide vote. The chairman of the committee, Gary Hangsleben, 67, said he received approval from Secretary of State Al Jaeger shortly before 5 p.m. Friday. Jaeger received the petitions April 2 and has since been improving the petitions' language with the cooperation of the committee. "We've had some minor corrections," Hangsleben said.
The first streams of Red River floodwater that would eventually besiege Grand Forks and damage 83 percent of its homes topped the city's dikes 16 years ago Thursday. This year, Fargo residents have filled more than 1 million sandbags in hopes of preventing a similar disaster in their city as the flood forecast points to a record event. Should they need help from Grand Forks, city officials here say they will be there to answer the call. "Usually we wait until they tell us they need help," said Sharyl Simeone, a public information officer for Grand Forks.
Come rain, snow or mud Springfest in Grand Forks will go on despite Mother Nature's attempt to spoil the fun, say the music event's organizers. Late snowfall coupled with a fast melt has left University Park sopping wet, and it may not dry out by the event's setup date on May 3, but organizer Arron Hendricks said he won't cancel Springfest. "One way or another we'll get it going," he said. Hendricks and fellow organizer Matt Winjum own Rhombus Guys restaurant and have run Springfest the past four years.
After going through what a Grand Forks city commission called a housing shortage, the local housing market has begun correcting itself, city officials say. "The market is strong," Community/Government Relations Officer Pete Haga told the City Council Monday. The conclusion comes 100 days after the Blue Ribbon Commission on Housing turned in its final report with recommendations for solving or reducing some of the city's housing issues. Since the report was completed, plans for new developments have been announced and a city homebuyers-assistance program has been created. Council member Dan
Qualifying Grand Forks homebuyers will able to get assistance for paying their closing costs and down payments on home purchases with a new city-facilitated program. The City Council gave the program final approval by a vote of 6-1 at its meeting Monday night.
The number of 911 calls made in Grand Forks County increased significantly in 2012, but local safety officials say they can't put their finger on the reason. In 2011, the center received 24,595 emergency calls. This year, that number increased to 41,332, a jump of 68 percent. "We've been talking to the dispatchers, and everyone is busier," said Becky Ault, director of the county Public Safety Answering Point.
A group of Grand Forks County residents have started a petition drive that's been more than 20 years in the making. The South Forks Bypass Coalition is seeking signatures in hopes of getting two projects planned for Merrifield Road, also known as County Road 6, bumped up on the priority list of North Dakota and Minnesota state transportation departments. The charge is led by 85-year-old Roland Young who has championed constructing a south-end bridge over the Red River and an interchange at Merrifield Road since 1991, when he was an official with the Chamber of Commerce. "We want it brought