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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A new recycling contract with Waste Management got the blessings of the Grand Forks City Council's Safety/Service Committee on Tuesday night. The five-year contract would keep service levels the same but gives the city the option of expanding services any time during the contract. The council had balked at deciding immediately on an expansion, which would result in a bigger fee increase in exchange for larger recycling containers.
Q. I live on the north end, and I've noticed the city of Grand Forks giving out courtesy tickets on street cleaning nights. One car has gotten one three weeks in a row. I think it's a waste of the city's time.
Grand Forks city leaders say they want to be more proactive when it comes to working with state legislators in the 2015 session. They took the first step Thursday when members of the city's Legislative Committee met with local representatives and senators to discuss upcoming financial needs for projects planned within Grand Forks and the region. "We want to be sure they have all the information they need from the city going into the next session," said Council member Bret Weber, who also is co-chairman of the committee. The meeting was attended by legislators from Districts 17, 18, 19, 20,
People arrived at the Empire Arts Center on Thursday ready to pitch their ideas for projects that would make Grand Forks a friendlier place for young people. Their pitch gave them a chance to earn a grant that would get their project up and running. The catch was they only had 60 seconds to do it. It all was part of "Forkin It Over," a microgrant program created this year by the Community Foundation and funded through the Knight Foundation. "We want our community to be more welcoming and open to young people," said Kristin Shea, a Community Foundation board member.
When retired airline pilot Lyle Prouse walked up to a podium and introduced himself to hundreds of UND students Tuesday night, he said things usually go a little differently. "Typically, I'm speaking in front of a recovering audience," he said. "I usually come up to the podium and say 'Hi, I'm Lyle, and I'm an alcoholic.' " Prouse has been sober for about 23 years now, but the event that brought him to the door of a treatment center made headlines across the nation.
Organizers of a Grand Forks event will have to go elsewhere for funding after the City Council voted Monday to withhold city money from them. TEDx Grand Forks, an event that would feature international, national and local speakers addressing a variety of topics, was denied $9,566 in funding recommended for it by the city's Special Events Committee. The committee was chaired by council member Tyrone Grandstrand, who also serves as an organizer of TEDx along with his wife Becca.
Each week, Herald reporter Brandi Jewett answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics. Q. So, I live near the Hugo's on South Columbia Road. There's a dog/walking path that runs behind the store and intersects with 13th Avenue South. I appreciate the city installing signs and the option to hit blinking warning lights to help alert drivers you're crossing the street, but is there any way to keep the lights blinking all the time?
As Arlette Moen walks down the row of kennels at the Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks, she plucks a treat from a bowl and offers it to the barking dog on the other side of each gate. Some readily take it while others let it fall to the ground -- not everyone is a fan of Milk-Bones. No matter what, each canine gets a "good girl" or "good boy" from Moen, the shelter's executive director. The tenants of the space known as the big dog room has just a few of the more than 100 animals staying in the shelter. "We're always full," Moen said as she walked from room to room Thursday.
Many questions directed to the Grand Forks Public Information Center revolve around taxes, permits and garbage collection -- others, not so much. "I once had a lady call and ask 'How do you freeze corn?'" communication specialist Sharyl Simeone said.
Questions surrounding one neighborhood's annexation worries could be answered by the North Dakota attorney general if the Grand Forks City Council authorizes the city to request an opinion. Unresolved confusion over an annexation agreement's effective date has residents of Shadyridge Court, located just outside of Grand Forks' southeast city limits, requesting an attorney general opinion to clear up the matter. On Wednesday, the council's finance committee agreed to grant the neighborhood's request. "I think it's prudent we request an attorney general's opinion," council member Doug Christe