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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Trespassers on city and private property in East Grand Forks' south end are giving residents a headache as city officials try to figure out a solution. Evidence of vehicle traffic and gatherings is visible on the properties lining the Red Lake River, specifically just north of 13th Street Southeast and moving toward Eighth Street Southeast.
With eight spinning propellers and a hum rivaling a hive of bees, a small unmanned aircraft piloted by Connor Grafius shot off the ground and hovered overhead Friday afternoon near the UND Center For Innovation. A nearby video monitor displays Grafius and his business partners from a camera mounted on the airframe.
East Grand Forks city leaders are turning to residents to help plan for future growth in the city. It's time for the city to update its land-use plan, a document that analyzes land use for the next 30 years, and officials want residents to sound off. "We want your comments," said Teri Kouba, a planner for Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization. At a Thursday night open house held at the Riverwalk Centre, Kouba and Stephanie Falkers, a planning consultant with SRF Consulting Group Inc., stood next to sheets of paper encouraging residents to write down comments. In a
A UND committee is holding off on approving a unmanned aircraft systems research project that would explore the potential for evaluating engineering projects from the air in Walsh County. Members of the university's UAS Research Compliance Committee want answers to questions they had regarding a project application submitted by the Northern Plains UAS Test Site and KLJ Engineering. The test site works with companies to research potential uses of unmanned aircraft and their integration into commercial airspace. As proposed, test site and KLJ personnel would fly two types of unmanned aircraft
Disheartening is the word Linda Walker used to describe a federal judge's decision to declare the Minnesota Sex Offender Program unconstitutional Wednesday. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank does not order specific changes to the program, but without them there is the potential that a mass release of sex offenders is possible. "That's disturbing.
The East Grand Forks swimming pool renovation will include more bells and whistles. The City Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to approve about $294,000 in amenities and add them to the pool's base renovation cost of $1.6 million. Adding in those and other costs, the renovation price tag would reach about $2.1 million. Council member Chad Grassel made the motion to include all the potential amenities. "I'm a firm believer that if we don't do it the way we're going to do it, then it's not going to get done that way," he said.
Language introduced in two bills moving through Congress could prove to be beneficial for Grand Forks County's unmanned aircraft systems business park. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced Monday an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act and language introduced to the defense appropriations bill would promote the use of private training for the U.S. Air Force's unmanned aircraft pilots. In a news release, Hoeven said the effort could result in new businesses in Grand Forks County.
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The East Grand Forks City Council is waiting to hear if it can amend city liquor laws to accommodate businesses looking to serve alcohol with a much lower food sales requirement. A business called Creatively Uncorked is researching opening an art studio in the city, but the city doesn't have a liquor license that fits its needs, prompting a request from city staff to change the law. It's the second such request the city has had from a painting party business in the past 13 months. Creatively Uncorked hosts painting parties where groups assemble to recreate a painting step by step with the g
An East Grand Forks police officer recently joined the ranks of the regional SWAT team, which means the department needs to find money to purchase a tactical rifle for him to use. Part of the funds to buy Officer Ben Deckert a rifle could come from the department's stock of acquired weapons, should the request to declare them as surplus receives City Council approval on Tuesday. The department recently joined the Grand Forks Regional Special Operations Group.