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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Whether it's the big, boxy TV in the basement or the seemingly ancient desktop computer gathering dust in the garage, both can be dropped off at upcoming recycling events in the area. Organized by the public works departments of Grand Fork and East Grand Forks, the events encourage residents to drop off unwanted electronics to be recycled instead of taking them to the landfill. "Otherwise they're taking up space in the dump," said Jason Stordahl, director of the East Grand Forks department.
A chilly spring seems to be keeping area plant enthusiasts from stopping into nurseries and getting a start on planting their gardens and flowers. Nightly low temperatures this week are expected to drop below freezing and keep many out of the ground until at least next week -- leaving gardeners and flower enthusiasts irritated and nurseries with little business. "We've seen a lot of frustration (with the weather)," said Joe Bergeson, manager of Bergeson Nursery in Fertile, Minn. "People know it's not safe to plant.
Soggy ground and cold weather threatened to kill this year's Springfest in Grand Forks' University Park, but park officials gave the nod Tuesday for the event to happen. Springfest's layout will need a few alterations to ensure vehicles hauling equipment and selling concessions won't damage the park's soft ground. "The park will only be open to foot traffic," said Bill Palmiscno, superintendent of recreation for the Grand Forks Park District. That means all equipment needed for the event, from fencing to portable toilets, must be brought in by hand. The district's mobile stage will be park
The Red River at Grand Forks and East Grand Forks could be seeing a potential crest of 45.5 feet this weekend, according to the National Weather Service's flood forecast. This value comes in about 6 inches lower than a previous prediction issued last week. The crest comes in at a precarious level for the city, which will soon have to decide if bridges over the river will have to close. "It's going to be close," said John Bernstrom, a city information officer. "We're going to keep monitoring everything and hopefully won't have to close any bridges.
Only seven months after its $4 million turf upgrade was completed, the Alerus Center in Grand Forks is having it torn out and replaced free of charge by the manufacturer. Staff encountered problems while converting the city-owned event center's arena to a football field, according to Operations Manager Jeremy Linstad. "The field itself was performing fine," he said.
A policy allowing families to purchase roadside memorials that would be posted on city property was given preliminary approval Tuesday by a Grand Forks City Council committee. The policy would create an application process for people who want to use a roadside memorial to honor a family member killed in a traffic accident.
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.