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., 26 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 email@example.com.
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Maranda Weathermon has settled into her office. Cash and Krom have, too, though the pair of large dogs can make things pretty cozy. Weathermon, the new executive director of Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks, has been on the job for less than a month now but has introduced four new programs to the animal shelter. "Things are going pretty smoothly, the staff is really receptive to the changes, and they're excited about the changes, too," she said with Krom, a cattle dog-husky mix, lying at her feet.
Paws pounded the pavement Saturday morning as more than 100 dogs and their owners took over Lincoln Drive Park's walking trails for the second annual Dog Jog 5k. UND students with the university's recreation and tourism program organize the event each year as part of a class with proceeds benefiting the Circle of Friends Humane Society. "It's been a lot of fun, and we're really happy we're raising funds for Circle of Friends Humane Society," junior Sam Branger said, holding the leash of her rat terrier Marshall. Last year's event raised more than $3,000 for Circle of Friends. Mixed in amon
As wildfires rage across the region, Minnesota state officials are asking unmanned aircraft operators to keep their devices away from the flames. Should one stray into a zone where aerial firefighting is underway, Department of Natural Resources personnel will ground their airplanes or wait to respond to a call until the unmanned aircraft is confirmed gone. "If we have something like this happen, we're going to have to pull our air resources off the fire because we can't be running into (a device) with a helicopter rotor or something on an airplane," said Ron Stoffel, wildfire suppression su
An aviation training company is considering a lease with Grand Sky, Grand Forks County's developing technology park, according to U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. The company, FlightSafety International, joins a...
With a few more hurdles left to jump, an application that would streamline the process for local organizations looking to host events on the Greater Grand Forks Greenway could soon be ready. The six-page Greenway event application made its debut at Tuesday's East Grand Forks City Council work session. "Instead of reinventing the wheel, I based it off of large cities, San Diego as a matter of fact, and took a look at what they did because they go through this all the time," Executive Assistant Megan Nelson said. When finalized, organizers will be able to fill out one application for their ev
RED LAKE FALLS, Minn. — Depending on what part of Fairview Manor you're standing in, the building around you could be heated by fuel oil, propane, or wood pellet stove...
East Grand Forks has entered into a contract with a security firm to conduct background checks on employees and others, but a city policy still needs to be written to establish who will be checked. City Administrator David Murphy said a draft of the policy will likely be ready for the City Council to discuss at its April 14 work session. "We've been doing background checks on all new applicants, and currently we just don't have a policy for it," he said Wednesday. The council voted Tuesday to approve the contract with Global Safety Network, which has a regional office located in Grand Forks
A split vote by the East Grand Forks City Council on Tuesday means the city will not be accepting donations for the a project aiming to fill downtown flower pots. The move doesn't mean the project is dead, but rather those behind it will have to find another organization to accept the donations and contract with a business to plant and maintain the flowers. Mayor Lynn Stauss, one of the project's coordinators, said Wednesday the group will likely approach the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Region to collect and manage donations. "I think the council believes in the
If Grand Forks Air Force Base is to be a top contender for an upcoming tanker mission, officials say it needs to keep an affiliation with the North Dakota Air National Guard in Fargo. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said the affiliation strengthens the base's bid to host the next round of KC-46A flying refueling tankers. "The way they do things now, because they operate jointly so much, is you need a Guard affiliation as an active duty base to be a leading candidate," he said of the U.S. Air Force and Air Guard.
U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is encouraging an aeronautics company to choose Grand Forks as a site for a potential training program for unmanned aircraft pilots. The General Atomics Aeronautical...