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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It wasn't an uncommon occurrence to see a child riding shotgun in truck No. 9 as it made its rounds at the Grand Forks International Airport. During his 43-year career in airport maintenance, Stephen "Skip" Rucinski gave his children -- and eventually grandchildren -- plenty of tours of the facility, which they referred to as "Papa's Airport." "He was like a little boy when he was driving those kids around," said Deborah Rucinski, Skip's wife of 44 years. Though the truck was designated No. 9, Skip's favorite number was, in fact, 23.
After the 1997 flood, psychologist and avid volunteer Lee Lipp noticed a change in the attitude of Greater Grand Forks residents. Lipp says an unintended outcome of the cities surviving the multi-billion dollar natural disaster was their residents' increasingly positive attitude toward philanthropy. "After the flood, we received a lot of help from different places," Lipp said, noting that when the community saw that support, a cultural shift occurred. The focus on philanthropy has become stronger than ever in the region, which is good news, according to Community Foundation Executive Direct
As Sue Twedt flipped through pictures of her family's trip to Hawaii in their Grand Forks home, her daughter Hannah, 15, became more and more excited as she remembered the experience. The March 2012 trip wasn't a means to escape the cold of North Dakota's winter. It was all part of Hannah's wish to visit the islands and swim with marine life -- a wish granted by North Dakota's Make-A-Wish chapter. Hannah had undergone surgery to reconstruct her skull just months before in January. "It gave her a motivation for recovery," Sue Twedt said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Eighty-five students comprising the University of North Dakota School of Law's first-year class get cozy each time they squeeze into the Molbert Room for a lecture. Each of the prospective lawyers sat shoulder to shoulder for the Thursday afternoon Torts II class taught by Keith Richotte. The scene served as a visual reminder to Dean Kathryn Rand that her school is running out of space. "We're at maximum capacity," she said. The school is seeking $12 million in funding from the North Dakota Legislature for a renovation and an addition.
The first phase of a proposed 316-acre development in southwest Grand Forks won unanimous approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday. But the commission asked developer Guy Useldinger to set aside more land for a school and park. Commissioner Bill Hutchison said there should be 15 acres because the school would potentially accommodate 600 students.
A "major" water-main break prompted Mayville, N.D., officials to ask residents to conserve water Tuesday afternoon. "We really don't know very much right now," Mayor Don Moen said.
Through a City Council vote, Grand Forks declared its support Monday for a state Senate bill that would extend protection against discrimination in housing and employment to sexual orientation. A resolution in favor of Senate Bill 2252 was approved by a vote of 6-1. "My rights given to me under the Constitution do not give me the right to take away others' rights," said council President Hal Gershman. The bill would add sexual orientation to a list of categories protected under the state's human rights and fair housing laws.
Everyone has a bad habit. Some of us chew with our mouths open. Others don't pick up after their dogs when the pooches do their business on a public sidewalk. I have recently undertaken the endeavor of quitting my bad habit: biting my finger nails. Some may consider "endeavor" a strong word, but I don't. Ask anyone in my family, I've been biting my nails as long as I can remember. I've also tried to quit dozens times, but each has been a failure.
A future boom in population along South 42nd Street in Grand Forks has city officials considering installing more stoplights on the stretch of road than previously planned. With several incoming apartment buildings and hotels in the area around the street's intersections with Garden View Drive and 11th Avenue South, City Engineer Al Grasser said the city may need to consider the placement of an additional stoplight. "We're seeing a lot of intense development in that area," he told the City Council's safety committee Tuesday. More than 500 apartment units, a retail center and two hotels woul
Some North Dakota residents could see more money in their pockets if two bills introduced Monday by Grand Forks-area lawmakers pass in the state legislature. House Bill 1221 would produce an income-tax credit for eligible renters while HB 1317 would create a student-loan forgiveness program for graduates of early-childhood education or care programs. The proposed tax credit would be worth up to $360. If the renter pays less than $7,200 a year in rent, the credit will be 5 percent of their annual rent payment. "We've provided millions of dollars in property tax relief," said Sen.