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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Despite being about $60,000 short of its Christmas campaign goal, the Grand Forks Salvation Army said it is slightly ahead of itself compared to this time last year. "It sounds like a lot," said spokeswoman Annette Bauer.
The Grand Forks Alerus Center welcomed more than a thousand partygoers Monday night to the Celebrate the Night event. The alcohol-free extravaganza featured dozens of entertainers for the expected 2,500 in attendance. At 7 p.m., an hour into the party, hundreds had already packed into the building. "It offers the biggest diversity in terms of entertainment," said Kim Miller, event organizer since Celebrate the Night -- formerly known as First Night -- began in 1994.
A nurse of 30 years and an avid shopper, Terry Fore, 59, considers herself a typical person. "I'm normal," she said while perched in an armchair of her East Grand Forks home. Fore's daughter, Haley Stinar, 33, shook her head, and daughter-in-law, Tricia Fore, 40, voiced her disagreement from the opposite couch. "No, you're not," she said.
A Grand Forks city commission has selected 12 preliminary priorities its members feel would allow the city to overcome a housing crunch. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Housing listed the priorities at EngagetheForks.com , and encouraged residents to select or "second" their top three priorities. They also can leave comments on all 12 priorities. "These recommendations came from the commission members and from all the people who have been talking about and working on this issue over the last few months," Mike Bergeron, one of the commission's two cha
JoAnn Brown, 73, knows a thing or two about the annual community Christmas Eve dinner at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Forks. She and her daughter Barb Brown, 49, have spent more than 25 years volunteering at the dinner -- celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. "I can remember peeling potatoes in high school," Barb Brown said. JoAnn Brown manages the kitchen while Barb keeps a watchful eye over the serving area upstairs in the St. Michael's Elementary School gym. Their status as veterans of the dinner is confirmed by the personalized red aprons they wear.
With a loud pop, David Christen removed the topper from his bottle of homemade barley wine and invited his fellow Bitter North Brewers club members to sample his creation. The bottle became a little lighter as each of the seven members -- with homebrewing experience ranging from one year to more than a decade -- poured a dash into their sampling glasses. "It's like a long island iced tea," Christen said of the drink. "It goes down smooth, but once you stand up .... whoa." Despite what its name implies, barley wine isn't wine at all but a variety of ale.
Walk into the Northlands Rescue Mission's thrift store on any Wednesday, and amid the racks of clothes you'll find Diane Altendorf and Kathy Ashe sorting donations. The Grand Forks residents have volunteered together with the homeless shelter for the past two years and have had a ball doing it. "We're a good pair," said Ashe, 62. "A pair of what I don't know, but we're a good pair." After fawning over a maroon turtleneck sweater with her, added Altendorf, 65, "We think alike.
It started with a Post-It note on a refrigerator with band names conceived by Amanda Lynne's husband. "There were some winners on there," the 29-year-old said Sunday. "Beef Sweat was one of them." But there was one that caught her attention: The Sob Sisters.
Weather conditions for Christmas travel are expected to be calm in the Grand Forks area but won't be as pleasant for those heading through southeast Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. No snow is predicted until late Sunday night or early Monday morning for Grand Forks, according to John Hoppess, a meteorologist with the city's weather service office.
Surprising a loved one with a new puppy may sound like a great holiday gift, but local pet store and animal shelter employees say to check first to see if a pet is on their wish list. Giving pets as a surprise gift is an absolute no-no, according to Nancy Miller, owner of the Pets R' Inn pet stores in Grand Forks and Fargo. "It's not the right thing to do," she said.