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. She also serves as an alumni adviser to UND's Dakota Student newspaper. 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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No positive results have surfaced among 68 tuberculosis tests conducted at Phoenix Elementary School in Grand Forks, according to a Friday news release. The Grand Forks Public Health Department began testing students and staff members at the school after it confirmed on Nov. 9 a student did have the disease. While conducting further testing, a second student's results came back positive for TB Wednesday.
The cost of housing for some renters and potential homeowners in Grand Forks has reached the point of being unaffordable, according to a report released by a city commission. After almost three months of deliberation, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Housing released its report Wednesday detailing the condition of Grand Forks' housing market. Created in August, the commission was tasked with creating the report and developing strategies to solve some of the city's housing problems. "We need more affordable housing for low-income families and more housing for the elderly," said commission membe
Thinking out of the box has been Rick Harrison's approach to designing neighborhoods long before he started his own planning firm in 1993 in Golden Valley, Minn. He presented his neighborhood planning concept of prefurbia -- a twist on the word surbubia -- to Grand Forks city officials and community members Tuesday night at City Hall. The goal of prefurbia is to design neighborhoods that residents would prefer to live in over traditional developments often created on a computer in five minutes, according to Harrison. "Everything is attention to detail," he said. Using this concept, Harriso
The first thing you may notice about 19-year-old Shelby Debell is the neck brace she wears. The second is her infectious smile. These days, she has a lot to smile about. Debell, who is from Grand Forks, was one of four passengers critically injured in an auto accident on Aug.
Snowfall for the Grand Forks area today isn't expected to be as heavy as previously predicted, according to the National Weather Service. Previous forecasts called for 1 to 4 inches of snow, but new data indicates the area would see only about 1 inch, according to John Hoppes, a meteorologist with the local weather service office. Predicted snowfall for the Devils Lake Basin also decreased, dropping from 1 foot to 6 to 10 inches. The Devils Lake area and northwest portion of North Dakota remain under a winter storm warning until Sunday as well.
Renovating the 40-year-old Grand Forks Public Library would cost an estimated $13.9 million, according to a new architect's report. That compares to the $20.8 million cost of building a new library proposed in 2011, which voters decisive rejected. Lonnie Laffen, president of JLG Architects, and Library Director Wendy Wendt presented the report to the City Council on Monday. He noted that if the cost of the renovation is more than 60 percent of the cost to build new, then building new is usually the better option.
In the District 42 Senate race, incumbent Democrat Mac Schneider, 33, kept his seat against challenger Republican Ross Lien, 22. Schneider won with 57.2 percent or 2,853 votes to Lien's 42.8 percent or 2,109 votes, according to complete but unofficial results. Schneider was elected to the state Senate in 2008, and he served on the industry, business and labor committee as well as the natural resources committee. Lien is a student studying business economics at UND.
In the District 18 Senate race, Democrat incumbent Connie Triplett, 57, defeated Republican David Waterman, 53, for the open seat. Triplett won with 57.3 percent or 2,681 votes, while Waterman received 42.4 percent or 1,903 votes, according to complete but unofficial results. Triplett has been a state senator since 2003. She also served on the Grand Forks County Commission from 1993 to 2008.
North Dakota Democratic candidate Heidi Heitkamp made Grand Forks one of her final bus stops Monday in her campaign for the U.S. Senate. "We're only 31 hours away," she told a crowd of more than 100 people gathered in the Democratic-NPL Party's headquarters in Grand Forks. The crowd cheered as Heitkamp thanked them for their continued support and told them to keep urging their family, friends and neighbors to get out and vote. "We know we're going to do well in Grand Forks," Heitkamp said.
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.