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. While attending the University of North Dakota, she worked as a news reporter and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Dakota Student. She now serves as one of its alumni advisers. A native of Valley City, N.D., 23 years worth of winters hasn't scared her out of the state yet.
You can follow Jewett and her reporting projects on her blog www.diggingdeeper.areavoices.com.
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Snowfall in the Grand Forks area Friday created icy road conditions responsible for at least 10 car accidents, according to police. Two accidents in particular backed up traffic on the Columbia Road overpass around 5 p.m. Some stopped vehicles could not regain traction and were unable to make it up the overpass, said Sgt. Jason Dvorak. Grand Forks police officers were forced to close down the road for about 30 minutes and clear the scene of vehicles. As of 5 p.m.
Grand Forks election volunteers Carol Taylor and Marge Holweger didn't catch a moment's rest Wednesday as they guided voters to polling stations in the Alerus Center. "Can you take your license out of your billfold so they can scan it?" Taylor asked each person who walked through the door. "It becomes a tongue twister the more you say it," she said. Taylor had to repeat herself a lot as an average of 70 people walked through the doors every hour, according to Election Inspector Diane Fossum.
Property taxes, education and infrastructure in western North Dakota became the overarching themes in Tuesday night's forum for state legislative candidates, hosted by the city of Grand Forks. Candidates from districts 18 and 42 turned out to answer questions provided by the forum's dozen audience members. Candidates across party lines agreed North Dakotans need property tax relief. "It's hard to find a debate in property taxes," said Rep. Corey Mock, a Democrat from District 42.
The North Dakota Supreme Court ventured out of its usual setting Tuesday and instead presided over the Baker Courtroom in the UND School of Law. A packed courtroom greeted the five justices, who arrived at the school to hear oral arguments for two cases. The court's presence in the law school served as an opportunity for law students and community members to see the court in action, according to Brad Parrish, assistant dean of student services at the law school. "They're getting exposure to the practice of law instead of just learning to practice law," he said.
A report containing an overview of Grand Forks' housing situation is nearing completion. At its Monday meeting, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Housing was presented with a draft of the report detailing the results of a nearly two-month investigation by consulting firm Praxis Strategy Group. The report includes preliminary population, economic, housing and financial data that was pieced together to form a snapshot of the city's current housing situation. Growth was a common theme in the commissioners' discussion of the draft.
Five Red Cross volunteers from North Dakota packed their bags, boarded a plane and arrived in Tinton Falls, N.J., Saturday night to help residents there prepare for Hurricane Sandy. The volunteers specialize in mass care, mass feeding and shelter operations, according to Randy Johnson, CEO of the organization's Minn-Kota Region. "They were given 12 hours' notice and flew to New Jersey on Saturday night," he said. The volunteers from Fargo, Dickinson and Minot will be spending two weeks assisting with operations in some of the region's 112 emergency shelters.
GRAND FORKS- Cadets Amber Good, 21, and Trevor Schmitt, 21, don't mind getting up early and beginning their days while most of the UND campus is still in bed. It's a requirement as captains of the university's Army ROTC Ranger Competition teams, who are in charge of training exercises for their team members. The more than 10 hours a week of training is necessary to become strong enough to survive the competition, according to the pair of seniors. "You name it, we're pushing our bodies to do it," Schmit said. He and Good say competitors also need more than just physical strength.
It's a touchy topic that divides friends, families and co-workers who are out on the town or sharing a pizza at home. The polarizing issue? Tipping -- or rather what is the right amount to tip, and if you receive bad service, should you tip at all? In industries where employees depend on tips because their hourly wage is usually below minimum wage, the amount varies depending on who you talk to. Restaurants Tipping servers in sitdown restaurants seems to have some of the most universal standards.
A man is in custody after leading authorities on a high-speed chase through Grand Forks and Nelson counties Thursday evening. The suspect, a 19-year-old man from Belcourt, N.D., was arrested after he drove a stolen car into a field 40 miles west of Grand Forks near Niagara, N.D., according to Cpl. Mike Lee with the Grand Forks Sheriff's Department. The department has not released the suspect's name as of press time. According to sheriff's deputies, the chase started south of Grand Forks on Interstate 29 shortly after 4:30 p.m.
An East Grand Forks City Council member is looking to displace the incumbent in this year's Minnesota District 1B state representative race. Republican Deb Kiel is running for her second term as state representative.