Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter for the Grand Forks Herald with beats focusing on northwest Minnesota, unmanned aircraft systems and East Grand Forks city government. Other positions she has held at the Herald include Grand Forks 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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A Twitter account that had Grand Forks fans of the restaurant Chipotle dreaming of burritos has turned out to be a hoax. An account with the handle @ChipotleGF popped up Friday with claims that the Mexican grill chain restaurant was coming to Grand Forks in 2014 or 2015. "This time next year #UND students will be able to celebrate finals week with #ChipotleGF," the pranksters tweeted. The account has accrued more than 170 followers since Friday but is not affiliated with the company, according to Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold. "As for a locati
A big change up in North Dakota's education funding system aims to leave more money in taxpayer pockets, but fast-growing school districts such as Grand Forks may feel a financial squeeze. House Bill 1013's new funding formula approved last week by the Legislature would result in $656 million in property tax relief for state residents by requiring the state to carry more of the education-funding burden. "The school districts got a lot of money, and the state now will pay approximately 75 percent of the cost of education," said Rep.
Mary Wakefield's lifelong interest in health propelled her to the top of a federal healthcare agency. What she has accomplished as administrator of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and as a former practicing nurse, UND professor and director of UND's Center for Rural Health earned her special recogni-tion Tuesday morning from Altru Health System.
Roadside memorials for traffic fatalities will have a different look as a result of new city policy passed Monday by the Grand Forks City Council. Crosses, flowers and other mementos arranged at the sites of car accidents will be replaced by standardized signs available to families from the city through an application process. Only families of those killed in traffic accidents will be able to apply for a memorial, which are limited to being placed near major city thoroughfares for a period of no more than 10 years. The 10-year time limit was supported by Grand Forks resident Jackie Hoffarth
When people think of donating food, images of canned vegetables, boxes of cereal and other nonperishable items may pop into their heads.
The snow is disappearing in Grand Forks but cleaning up the layer of trash and sand revealed by its absence has been delayed by cold weather. It will take the efforts of city crews and volunteers to tackle the litter in the annual spring cleanup -- a project that could last until the end of May. "We were all done with cleanup in March this time last year," said Street Superintendent Mark Aubol. Temperatures had already spiked into the 70s by St.
A major traffic disruption in Grand Forks begins Sunday as Columbia Road closes for the summer to undergo a facelift. The $4.2 million construction project will shut down the road from its DeMers Avenue interchange to 11th Avenue South in an attempt to smooth the street and expand it to six lanes. "It's going to be quite disruptive to the traveling public," said Assistant City Engineer Mark Walker.
I hit a milestone this month. It involved a lot of late nights and earned me some razzing from friends, but I did it. I can officially say I put 265 hours into a video game. That's right, I have spent about 11 days sitting on a couch, maneuvering levers and clicking buttons in pursuit of completing quests in "The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim." That's a drop in the bucket compared to what some people may put into that game or others like it, but I'm proud of my accomplishment -- or at least I am after some convincing from my male roommates.
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.