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., 26 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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The Wednesday ceremony honoring Alex Schilke was short, but it recognized a potentially long-lasting impact the East Grand Forks police officer has had on his community. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety recently named Schilke to its DWI Enforcer All-Star Team for making 26 driving while intoxicated arrests in 2014.
Walsh County Commission last week granted a request from County Recorder Diane Link to relieve her of marriage licensing and officiating duties after she said it would go against her beliefs to grant licenses to same-sex couples. Link said she believes marriage is between a man and a woman and she is not comfortable issuing licenses or performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, so on July 6 she asked the commission to transfer her duties to Deputy Recorder Yvette Moe. "My deputy has always done licenses and ceremonies, so nothing has changed there except instead of two people doing
The East Grand Forks City Council has put the decision to grant liquor licenses to accommodate painting classes in the hands of the state Legislature. In doing so, the council followed the legal opinion of City Attorney Ron Galstad, who had reservations about the council modifying city liquor laws so Creatively Uncorked could qualify for a license. "In my opinion, it's something that the Legislature is probably looking at, and we're better off asking the Legislature to ... make another exception," Galstad said at Tuesday's council work session.
The sound of sirens poured over Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Sunday and announced the impending arrival of thunderstorms with the potential to create a tornado. While they may seem frequent this year, sirens in the cities don't sound for every weather event but rely on thresholds set by local public safety agencies. In Grand Forks, Sunday's tornado warning prompted officials at the Public Safety Answering Point to sound the alarm.
East Grand Forks City Council members dove into discussing how it should approach preparing a sales tax to fund the city's swimming pool renovation for public vote. Among the options bounced around Monday were holding a special election earlier next year or waiting until the regular November election. An earlier special election means a successfully passed sales tax could start earlier, but holding such an election would cost the city around $15,000 — a price that made some council members wary of the idea. "I can't say I'm fond of spending $15,000 to have the election," council membe
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The company behind East Grand Forks' newest hotel will receive a tax exemption on the property following a City Council vote Tuesday. The council unanimously approved $100,000 in property tax credits for Proll LLC of Grand Forks as part of the state's Border City Development Zone program. Proll recently finished construction on the Fairfield Inn, a 67-room hotel located on the city's eastern edge and valued at about $2 million, according to an business subsidy agreement between the city and Proll adopted Monday. The agreement notes the hotel has a goal to create 12 full-time positions with
It's a tentative yes, but officials from an affiliate of General Atomics said Monday they're interested in leasing space at Grand Forks County's unmanned aircraft business park. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
With a memo line reading "Grand Sky UAS Park," Gov. Jack Dalrymple presented a check Monday for $5.6 million to Grand Forks County. The state funds will allow construction crews...
Debbie Krueger and her son Matthew have a corny idea they hope takes off. The pair is in the midst of opening a corn maze on land east of U.S. Highway 2 near East Grand Forks. "We felt that it would be a fun, safe place for families or groups to do activities together and just kind of create a community to bridge the gap between family farms and the general public," she said. Krueger has applied for a conditional use permit through the county to operate the maze, which will be known as Valley Corn Maize. The Polk County Commission will be reviewing the application at its Tuesday meeting.