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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Residents aren't sure what's in the Grand Forks Public Library's future, but some say things needs to change. More than 25 Grand Forks County residents attended a public input meeting Thursday night to weigh in the state of the current facility and what could be in store for it down the road. "I'm disgusted by the library we have now. Something needs to change," said Grand Forks resident Bob Mullen. "But I'm not sure what the library of the future looks like.
Grand Forks experienced population growth in 2012 that is ahead of city planners' predictions while East Grand Forks saw an unexpected drop, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's estimate. Grand Forks picked up an estimated 792 residents compared to 2011 for a growth rate of 1.5 percent, the bureau said. "It's fairly good for the city," said Earl Haugen, executive director of the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization. The increase comes in higher than the yearly growth rate adopted by the city for use in its long-range land use plan, which is 1.2 percent.
Nearly 10 months after the first of 26 tuberculosis cases were diagnosed in Grand Forks, city health officials are still working on managing the outbreak and associated costs. More than 1,500 people have been tested since October 2012, when the first TB case was detected at Phoenix Elementary School, according to Public Health Director Don Shields. The testing continues and Shields said there may be more diagnosed cases announced as department staff track down more people who may have come in contact with infected persons. The disease, which attacks the lungs, brain and kidneys, is potenti
Grand Forks community service officers are increasing patrols this week in an effort to crack down on dog owners who let their pets run without leashes. The city's two officers will be making extra sweeps of the Greenway where a number of complaints have come from in recent weeks. Police officers also will be keeping an eye out for offenders while on patrol. Lt. Michael Ferguson with the Grand Forks Police Department says dog owners can expect enforcement to be strict. Those caught with unleashed pets will be fined $31 if it's their first offense.
The sale of the Metropolitan Opera House will be one step closer to completion if the Grand Forks City Council approves a requirement put forth by a local bank. The potential buyers, owners of Rhombus Guys pizzeria, haven't announced their plans for the building but have secured a $1 million loan for its purchase.
If there's anything I have learned in my short life, it's that inspiration can come in the strangest of forms. The usual suspects are family, friends, coworkers and mentors. But there was another source of inspiration that kept me reaching toward becoming a journalist, and it came in the form of several elderly gentlemen -- or as they referred to themselves, "old duffers." I worked as an overnight waitress during my sophomore and junior years of college, and it was by no means a glamorous job.
For generations, Grand Forks residents have been suspicious of the Red River, fixating on the unknown that lurks in its murky waters. "You're bred to fear the river," said Grand Forks native Caleb Kobilansky. "And if you're in it, you're drowning," added resident Scott Jensen. This fear can be traced river's mucky nature and infamous currents, which create condi-tions perceived as dangerous enough to warrant a law against swimming within the city lim-its. A group of Grand Forks residents are hoping to see that attitude and law change.
HATTON, N.D. -- The fire trucks kept coming. More than 20 wound through the streets here Thursday morning. Many came from the nearby North Dakota towns of Buxton, Portland, Northwood, Mayville and Finley. The trucks weren't heading to a fire but instead flashed their lights and sounded their sirens for the hundreds of people sitting in lawn chairs and on curbs watching their performance. It was all part of Hatton's annual Fourth of July parade.
Grand Forks could see more food vendors at its events with a new class of temporary food-service licenses that cost less. Vendors with food stands or trailers now will have the option of getting licensed for $30 per day.
Despite one of Grand Forks' downtown parking ramps being closed for repairs, city officials are certain there will be enough parking for Fourth of July celebrators. The parking ramp located on First Avenue near Central High School is closed for a $2 million renovation, leaving the city to find space elsewhere for residents heading downtown for activities. "I'm confident we'll still have enough spots to accommodate the public," said Joe O'Neil, a construction compliance officer with the city's urban development department. Those heading to the downtown area are asked to park in one of five p