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 base released its annual economic impact report this week, which showed a total impact of $203.1 million, up $13.8 million, or 7 percent, from the previous fiscal year. Also seeing growth was the estimated annual dollar value of jobs created by the base, which totaled $32 million, up $2 million, or 7 percent. "It's good news," said County Commissioner John Schmisek, a member of the Base Realignment Impact Committee.
Before it can propose a solution for the Grand Forks Public Library's aging building, a task force acknowledged it needed to learn from a failed campaign for a new building in 2011. The marketing, in particular, left the community confused, contributing to the loss at the polls, members of the Library FutureVision Task Group said. The group met for the first time Thursday and is charged with finding a solution to revamp the library's infrastructure and define its future role in the community.
Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre has a lot to be proud of, according to its members. The organization is celebrating its 65th consecutive season and recently won the North Dakota Governor's Award for Art Organization. The organization is also marking its 30th year in its permanent home, the Fire Hall Theatre. "People in New York would sell their first born for a place like this," Executive Director Kathy Coudle-King said, gesturing to the converted fire station's stage.
Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown has a big plan and isn't afraid to use it -- to improve the city that is. The four-term mayor revealed what he calls the "Big Plan" to the more than 450 people at his state of the city address Wednesday in the Alerus Center. "Actually, the Big Plan got started last year when I unveiled the Grand Forks Promise: The promise that everyone has the opportunity to grow," Brown said. "The Big Plan is really the next logical step to build on the Grand Forks Promise." The letters in the plan's name stand for build, invest and grow.
In the eyes of Ron Spriggs, the Tuskegee Airmen helped the United States overcome not just one war but two. The first was World War II where they served as bomber escorts and ground support in North Africa and Europe. The second was the nation's war on segregation. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first group of African-American pilots to fly for the U.S. military. "Their involvement in civil rights and desegregation was a bright light," Spriggs said.
Several Grand Forks organizations could lose grant money they were approved for if City Council members overturn decisions made through the Arts Regranting Program. The council's finance committee voted to move the program's grant recommendations forward Monday. The motion, made by council member Doug Christensen, included a provision to hold funding for five organizations on the basis that their missions aren't directly related to the arts -- a grant requirement. "I think some of these go beyond the focus of the grants," Christensen said.
The idea of a new south-end bridge across the Red River seems to be on the minds of many Grand Forks area residents, though the high construction cost means it might be a while before they get the bridge they want. A south-end bridge became one of the top voted ideas on the community forum website Engage the Forks, and also received mention at a city legislative forum last month. The city's 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan calls for the next Red River bridge to be built south of the city on Merrifield Road, also known as County Road 6. A bridge at that location isn't meant to alleviate t
They say it takes a village to raise a child. According to Al Boucher, it took a similar approach to create a clay studio in Grand Forks. "Potters don't like to work alone," said Boucher, as he cut a slab of clay for his Tuesday night class at Muddy Waters Clay Center. Near his table, Karla Nelson worked a lump of clay to her liking by throwing it repeatedly on a counter. "We're influenced by each other," she said.
In his introduction to a Grand Forks community tuberculosis panel Thursday, Dr. Raymond Goldsteen called the past few months preceding it a "moment of learning" when it came to managing one of North Dakota's largest epidemics. Three cases of tuberculosis were publically confirmed in Grand Forks in October. What followed were 13 more confirmed cases, 45 people on medication and more than 900 medical follow ups. "We think (tuberculosis is) not one we have to worry about," Goldsteen, a UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences professor, said.
Blizzard Dolley gave the Minn-Kota Chapter of the Red Cross more than it bargained for when it swept though Grand Forks Sunday and Monday. The fourth winter storm of the season left behind about 4 inches of snow and more than 200 without a place to stay for the night as area hotels were filled to the brim. Late Monday evening, Red Cross volunteers and city staff opened an emergency shelter in the Alerus Center to house those stranded by road closures. "We weren't expecting to get as many as we did," said chapter spokesman Brian Shawn. A group of five to 10 Red Cross and city volunteers had