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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They say nice guys finish last, but I've heard it argued that they don't. Instead they are actually finishing in first place -- at being stupid. It's a harsh criticism most of these "nice" guys don't want to hear, but in my experience it's not far from the truth. Personally, it's never been a pleasant experience to see a male friend develop a crush on a girl that seems nice enough, but you know the only thing she and your friend have in common is they both breathe air. But, she's got a rockin' bod and a pair of blue eyes set to "stun," so there's no escape for your male friend.
A Grand Forks City Council committee is endorsing the formation of an alcohol abuse prevention task force that will examine the need for changes to city alcohol policy -- including the creation of a criminal social host law. The task force would discuss alcohol policy issues and related items such as a perceived lack of alcohol-free events in the community. "We need to have a task force that is focused on alcohol concerns," said Brianna Crawford, an assessment coordinator with UND Health and Wellness, during a meeting of the council's Service and Safety Committee on Thursday.
They are two Grand Forks men on opposite ends of the abortion issue, but Gary Hangsleben, 67, and Roland Riemers, 69, say they came together to create an opportunity for open discussion. The pair is behind petitions seeking to put North Dakota's recently passed abortion laws to a statewide vote -- a move they believe will give all residents a chance to speak their minds. "We just want a good, healthy debate, especially for this issue with so many emotions involved," said Riemers, the pro-abortion rights half of the duo. However, others in the abortion controversy have criticized their effor
If South Columbia Road is your go-to route for getting around Grand Forks, you may want make other daily travel arrangements before May 1. That date marks the beginning of a four-month closure of Columbia Road from the DeMers Avenue interchange to 11th Avenue South. The closure is part of a $4.2 million overhaul of the road and is the first phase of a multi-year repair project.
The First Avenue North parking ramp in downtown Grand Forks will be getting a facelift after City Council voted Monday night to move forward with the nearly $2 million renovation project. Greg Hoover, director of the city's Urban Development Department, told council members there isn't an imminent collapse in the ramp's future, but it would have to shut down in a few years if repairs were not completed. "It's obvious there are many problems with the ramp," said council member Doug Christensen.
The United Way in Grand Forks announced Monday it had reached its fundraising goal of more than $1 million -- a feat President Pat Berger was worried wouldn't happen. "We started out thinking it would be one of the worst years, but it turned out to be the best," she said. The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area raised $1,035,000, which was $10,000 more than its goal and the most it has ever raised in its 56-year history, according to Berger. "The community really came together," she said.
Shaquita Stone has as many as 21 female roommates at Northlands Rescue Mission in Grand Forks. The 36-year-old from Arkansas said she has been a resident of the homeless shelter since February after escaping an abusive relationship. "I came here in stitches," she said. Arriving in a shelter housing more than 100 men was an intimidating experience, and Stone said other women share a similar feeling.
A lone peregrine falcon has been hanging out on the UND water tower since Thursday, but local birdwatcher Dave Lambeth said it's not a member of Grand Forks' resident breeding pair. "The band color is wrong," he said, referring to identification bands placed around the bird's leg. Lambeth hasn't been able to get a good picture of the band so the falcon's identity remains a mystery. "You have to wait for the bird to stretch its leg or scratch (to get a good shot)," he said. With the falcon perched on the top of the water tower, the task is made even more difficult, he said.
Grand Forks residents could see new amenities pop up along the north stretch of the Greenway if public opinion is favorable. The city's Greenway Technical Committee is seeking input on proposals for two bocce ball courts and two horseshoe pits at the Seventh Avenue North entrance to the trails, and an expansion of the proposed disc golf course in Riverside Park. "We want to know 'How do you envision the Greenway?'" said Kim Greendahl, the city's Greenway specialist.
A request for a special license to sell alcohol during Springfest was put on hold Tuesday by a Grand Forks City Council committee. The annual music event is attended primarily by young adults, and, for the past several years, beer has been sold in a fenced area to those with wristbands indicating they are older than 21. Rhombus Guys pizzeria plans a similar setup for this year's event, scheduled for May 4 in University Park. But the fact that minors would mix with those of drinking age was flagged by City Attorney Howard Swanson in a memo to Service and Safety Committee members, who voted t