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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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.
1. Forever 21: This store is a godsend for those stylistas on a budget. I can't think of any place else I can get brand new dresses for less than $15. 2. "Mystery Diners": It's like a restaurant version of "Cheaters." As a former server, this show makes all the shenanigans my coworkers and I got into seem like child's play. 3. Kettle-cooked chips: I boarded the kettle-cooked train late last year and haven't been disappointed. The crispiness of these chips makes regular chips seem wimpy by comparison. 4.
A nearly all-day snowfall buried some areas of the Red River Valley and Devils Lake Basin under up to 6 inches of snow Friday. No snow is forecast for Saturday, but more is on the way.
While Grand Forks leaders continue to examine a citywide housing shortage, surrounding communities have found themselves in a similar situation. Grand Forks County officials met with representatives from Grand Forks Air Force Base and several cities in North Dakota and Minnesota Wednesday to get an understanding of what their neighbors' housing inventories look like. "It's critical for us to know what's going on regionally," said County Commissioner John Schmisek.
New mom Bella wove in and out of the crowd gathered Tuesday at a Grand Forks nursing home as she tried to keep track of her babies -- all 14 of them. The puppies were being passed from person to person during the baby shower for the 3-year-old Golden Retriever, who serves as a therapy dog at Valley Memorial Homes' Woodside Village. Owner Carole Torgerson, a recreational therapy assistant, has been bringing in the pups once a week for residents to hold and cuddle, giving the 3-week-olds a jumpstart on following in their mom's footsteps. "The bottle-feeding has been a big hit," Torgerson said
Several Grand Forks organizations may soon see art grant funding in their hands after a two-week battle at City Hall. The City Council's finance committee voted Monday to recommend approval of the $12,550 for five organizations that has been on hold since the committee's Feb.
Grand Forks city leaders plan to challenge the Census Bureau because they believe it's wrong about the city's population and, as a result, the city received less federal funding than it should have. "The anecdotal evidence we have is that the city is probably growing faster than the census (indicates)," City Council President Hal Gershman said last week . The last two decennial censuses were preceded by major events that led to a significant population drop: the Flood of 1997 and the loss of Grand Forks Air Force Base's aerial refueling mission. But the city's population rebounded within a
Starting in June, a new app will tell Grand Forks-area bus riders if their bus is on time or late, how many minutes it will be late and help them pick the right bus based on their destination. RouteShout, the free software application for smartphones, tablets and computers, is part of an effort by Cities Area Transit to encourage even more people to ride the bus, according to transit Superintendent Dale Bergman. "People hesitate to use public transportation because they may view it as inconvenient," said Daisy Wall, vice president of marketing for RouteMatch, the company behind the app.
Grand Forks restaurant and bar sales were unaffected by two smoking bans approved in the past decade, according to a new economic impact study. "Neither benefited or were hurt by the legislation," UND economics professor Cullen Goenner, who conducted the study, told the City Council Monday.