Brandi Jewett is an enterprise reporter with a focus on northwest Minnesota for the Grand Forks Herald. Other positions she has held at the Herald include 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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The First Avenue North parking ramp in downtown Grand Forks will be getting a facelift after City Council voted Monday night to move forward with the nearly $2 million renovation project. Greg Hoover, director of the city's Urban Development Department, told council members there isn't an imminent collapse in the ramp's future, but it would have to shut down in a few years if repairs were not completed. "It's obvious there are many problems with the ramp," said council member Doug Christensen.
The United Way in Grand Forks announced Monday it had reached its fundraising goal of more than $1 million -- a feat President Pat Berger was worried wouldn't happen. "We started out thinking it would be one of the worst years, but it turned out to be the best," she said. The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area raised $1,035,000, which was $10,000 more than its goal and the most it has ever raised in its 56-year history, according to Berger. "The community really came together," she said.
Shaquita Stone has as many as 21 female roommates at Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks. The 36-year-old from Arkansas said she has been a resident of the homeless shelter since February after escaping an abusive relationship. "I came here in stitches," she said. Arriving in a shelter housing more than 100 men was an intimidating experience, and Stone said other women share a similar feeling.
A lone peregrine falcon has been hanging out on the UND water tower since Thursday, but local birdwatcher Dave Lambeth said it's not a member of Grand Forks' resident breeding pair. "The band color is wrong," he said, referring to identification bands placed around the bird's leg. Lambeth hasn't been able to get a good picture of the band so the falcon's identity remains a mystery. "You have to wait for the bird to stretch its leg or scratch (to get a good shot)," he said. With the falcon perched on the top of the water tower, the task is made even more difficult, he said.
Grand Forks residents could see new amenities pop up along the north stretch of the Greenway if public opinion is favorable. The city's Greenway Technical Committee is seeking input on proposals for two bocce ball courts and two horseshoe pits at the Seventh Avenue North entrance to the trails, and an expansion of the proposed disc golf course in Riverside Park. "We want to know 'How do you envision the Greenway?'" said Kim Greendahl, the city's Greenway specialist.
A request for a special license to sell alcohol during Springfest was put on hold Tuesday by a Grand Forks City Council committee. The annual music event is attended primarily by young adults, and, for the past several years, beer has been sold in a fenced area to those with wristbands indicating they are older than 21. Rhombus Guys pizzeria plans a similar setup for this year's event, scheduled for May 4 in University Park. But the fact that minors would mix with those of drinking age was flagged by City Attorney Howard Swanson in a memo to Service and Safety Committee members, who voted t
It's a week into the season of spring and Grand Forks' 35-member snow removal crew was still hauling tons of snow away from the city Tuesday -- more than 51,000 tons of it this year alone. About 38 inches of snow has fallen on Grand Forks since Jan. 1, according to Jim Kaiser, a meteorologist with Grand Forks' National Weather Service office.
The future of education in North Dakota, from preschool to college, was on the minds of Grand Forks residents attending Saturday's legislative forum. Worries over legislation costing college and universities accreditation were highlighted by state lawmakers and community members. "The university situation is a dire one," said Rep. Eliot Glassheim, D-Grand Forks, referring to the effects a resolution and some bills would have if passed. "You do not want the legislature making policy for higher education." House Resolution 3047, authored by Rep.
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The future of Grand Forks Public Library comes down to definitions, including whether or not a library is defined as a building, according to a committee discussing the facility's current state and future plans. The Library FutureVision Work Group spent its Thursday meeting defining the library's role in the community based on the services and opportunities they thought it should provide. Mike Goldstone, a consultant with Praxis Strategy Group, encouraged members to keep constraints in place when discussing what the library could offer. Those potential offerings included whether or not the