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., 25 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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Starting Friday, a group of volunteers reaching 2,000 people will gather in Grand Forks to pack about 400,000 meals for hungry children around the world. While they have nearly reached their volunteer signup goal, Feed My Starving Children event organizers Bruce and Jodie Storhaug have sent out appeals to churches around the region to reach the amount of money needed to cover the food costs. "Right now we have about 35 church partners in North Dakota and 14 in Minnesota that are fundraising for us," Bruce Storhaug said Monday.
Today is Easter, which means I'll be making a two-hour trek through miles of empty corn fields and the occasional abandoned missile site to stuff my face with ham and cookie salad. Even though I've been out of my parents' house for nearly seven years now, it still feels odd to drive to a holiday family function rather than just be there. My childhood was a rich one, filled with gatherings featuring plenty of food, egg hunts and the occasional disaster with my extended family. Easter was always Christmas' less exciting cousin to my siblings and me, but that didn't keep us from looking forwar
At the request of an accessibility specialist, East Grand Forks recently appointed an Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the city. The move brings the city in compliance with the act, which requires cities employing 50 people or more to have an appointed coordinator to handle ADA requests. City Planner Nancy Ellis volunteered for the position, and the City Council was informed of her additional role at its March 24 work session. Ellis told the Herald on Friday her stepping into the role made the most sense as she oversees the building and inspections department, which deals wit
Planning is well underway for this year's Art Fest event in downtown Grand Forks, but an unknown factor remains in the form of a construction project slated for the Sorlie Bridge. Set for June 13 and 14, the art festival spans both sides of the Red River, but a disruption to the link between the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks locations could prove to be an annoyance to eventgoers. Art Fest attendees utilize the bridge's walkways to access both areas of the event.
Preliminary autopsy results released Tuesday indicate a man found dead Monday near Fertile, Minn., appears to have died of hypothermia. The victim, identified as 35-year-old Andrew Jon Springer, was found at the Sandhill River Golf Course south of Fertile at about 4 p.m. Monday by law enforcement and first responders, who declared him dead at the scene. A news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office said officers were dispatched after receiving a call about an unconscious naked man at the golf course.
The naked body of an man was found Monday afternoon by Polk County law enforcement dispatched to Sandhill River Golf Course near Fertile, Minn. The man was believed to be...
While they currently work at a marketing firm in Bismarck, Mike Mabin and Ed Sargeant are looking to unmanned aircraft to expand their business portfolio. The pair, along with Mabin's...
While they currently work at a marketing firm in Bismarck, Mike Mabin and Ed Sargeant are looking to unmanned aircraft to expand their business portfolio. The pair, along with Mabin's son Alexander Mabin, founded Shutter Pilots last fall, a business that will combine aerial images and computer animation to produce 2D and 3D images for clients. "We can depict things that have been or things that might be in terms of property developments or examples of buildings that might be in the process of being built, but people need to visualize what that would look like," Mike Mabin said. A new interi
During a search for missing persons or a major natural disaster, Cass County residents may now see unmanned aircraft overhead. The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department recently received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft there if requested by Cass County law enforcement. While the department has permission from the FAA, it also sought the blessing of UND's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research and Compliance Committee, which vets unmanned aircraft research proposals and discusses related policy. "It would be more streamlined and easier for us to go
Mother Nature is proving she is the queen of practical jokes this spring. Temperatures hit 70 degrees a couple of weeks ago, but much of the region woke up to snow and high winds Wednesday morning. "We had record-breaking temperatures two or three weeks ago and now normality is back, and it might create the perception this not normal," said Pete Spicher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Grand Forks office.