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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A proposed upgrade to the East Grand Forks Fire Department's communication system aims to solve safety problems faced by the city's firefighters when responding to incidents. The switch to a new radio frequency for firefighters would require an estimated $20,000 investment, and the City Council could approve the expenditure next week. Under the department's current radio system, when firefighters head out of town, they sometimes lose contact with dispatchers, Fire Chief Gary Larson said. "When you're working at a car accident out on the highway, if one of (the firefighters) ever got hit and
Zumba knew what was coming when he spotted Senior Airman Sara Yandell put on a bite suit.
East Grand Forks City Council members met Tuesday with Rep. Deb Kiel, R-Crookston, to discuss legislative priorities on the city's horizon, including the creation of a sales tax. The sales tax, which would fund the $2.2 million renovation of the city's swimming pool if passed, would require approval from the state Legislature before it could go into effect. A resolution from the council and approval by public vote also are necessary to the tax's implementation. "I think if you've got the election and the support there from the community.
A substantial increase in stray animals brought in from Grand Forks County has the Circle of Friends animal shelter proposing an increase to its allocation from the county's budget. Circle of Friends Humane Society serves as the county pound and receives funding each year for the services it provides, but financial information presented at a board meeting Tuesday shows the shelter has been losing money on the services. "We ate more than half the cost to take in Grand Forks County strays," said Executive Director Maranda Weathermon, who will meet with county officials this week to discuss an
East Grand Forks residents might not have to run out to the polls during a proposed public vote regarding the creation of a sales tax to fund renovations for the city's swimming pool. City staff were recently informed that the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office approved the city conducting a special election through mail-in ballots. Should the City Council choose to pursue that avenue, registered voters would receive a ballot in the mail, fill it out and send it back to City Hall. "There are pros and cons each way," City Administrator David Murphy said of the special election options.
With summer comes green lawns, and with overgrown lawns come complaints. Letters from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks city departments informing property owners their property has become a nuisance because of tall grass and weeds have landed in dozens of mailboxes so far this year. In East Grand Forks, the city had sent out 24 letters as of Friday, which is about average, according to City Planner Nancy Ellis.
Summer is a time when pools open, flowers bloom and I will inevitably sunburn and then peel like a banana. My skin's savior comes in the form of green goo...
Page through a list of potential improvements to Bygland Road in East Grand Forks and the possibilities seem endless. The road is under the microscope of Metropolitan Planning Organization officials, who are researching ways to alleviate concerns residents have with the road, including too much traffic, a lack of turn lanes and not enough stoplights. "What we're going to talk about is options.
The countdown will soon start for East Grand Forks to negotiate a new franchise agreement with cable company Midcontinent Communications. The city's current 10-year contract with the company ends this month.
Plans for an empty expanse of concrete and dozens of empty acres near Grand Forks Air Force Base have finally come to fruition after a nearly five-year process. What is now prairie and an abandoned runway connection to the base will soon give way to Grand Sky, a unmanned aircraft systems business park that could bring $200 million to $300 million in development to the area. "It came from just a concept and a dream, and now when you see the dirt turn for something like this, the reality is there," said John Smsek, a former Grand Forks County commissioner worked closely with the project.