Brandi Jewett is a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. A native of Valley City, N.D., 25 years worth of winters haven't scared her out of the state yet. Follow her work at grandforksherald.com, on her blog at droningon.areavoices.com and on Twitter and Instagram: @brandijewett. Send tips and story ideas to email@example.com.
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Calls are way up this year to the Community Violence Intervention Center's crisis hotline, but the reason isn't a jump in domestic violence incidents in Grand Forks. The calls are coming from law enforcement officers at the scene of domestic violence incidents as part of a new protocol called a lethality assessment program, which has officers calling the crisis line with the victim present at the scene of a report. "If (officers) respond to any kind of domestic violence-related call with intimate partners, they go through a protocol, which screens in or out whether it's a high-danger case,"
More than 1,000 UND student, faculty and staff volunteers took to the streets of the Greater Grand Forks community Saturday to complete service projects for the 11th annual Big Event...
Starting Friday, those wishing to adopt cats and dogs from the Circle of Friends Humane Society will be spending more than before, but shelter staff says it's for good reason...
Dan Schmelka will be giving the eulogy Monday in Grand Forks at the funeral of his father Dr. Daniel Schmelka, who died Sunday at the age of 76 at a hospice center in Naples, Fla. He hasn't written it yet, but Dan said he's been thinking about what he'll say about his father, who worked for decades in Grand Forks as a neurosurgeon.
A Circle of Friends Humane Society employee contract was up for review at the Grand Forks animal shelter’s monthly board of directors meeting. The board opted Tuesday to change the...
East Grand Forks will be looking into creating a permit that would allow public events with loud music to occur during the city’s quiet hours. City staff approached the City...
A Grand Forks man has been charged in connection with a traffic crash Monday evening in which two vehicles and a house were struck and damaged.
East Grand Forks' city attorney says a motion to reconsider accepting donations for a project to fill downtown flower pots was mistakenly considered passed at last week's City Council meeting. The council voted 5-2 on the motion, which would have reversed a previous decision on April 7 to fail a resolution requesting the city accept donations on behalf of the project. The vote needed a three-fourth majority to pass instead if a two-thirds majority, according to a memo from City Attorney Ron Galstad to the council and Mayor Lynn Stauss. Dale Helms, a former council member and one of the pro
The North Country Food Bank in Crookston is long overdue for a new place to call home, according to Executive Director Susie Novak. The food bank currently is split among two buildings, the first a converted dairy it has resided in since founded 33 years ago and another space the organization rents on the city's south end. "There's just not enough space to do the things we need to do and store the stuff we need to store for distribution," Novak said. A lack of space also may keep the organization from staying in compliance with stricter food safety regulations. That's why Novak and her sta
Armed with an updated cost estimate for pumping its wastewater to Grand Forks for treatment, the East Grand Forks City Council is now left to determine what the future of the city's sewage system looks like. Using 2015 figures, it will cost about about $516,000 annually for Grand Forks to potentially treat East Grand Forks' sewage, according to the new cost estimate. A similar cost of service agreement produced in 2013 put that cost at about $491,000. The group reviewed the costs prepared by Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services on Thursday during a special council meeting.