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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To bring down housing costs, Grand Forks residents say the city should talk more about these issues with the community, and find ways to reduce the cost and financial burden of infrastructure. Residents were asked to select their top three priorities out of a list of 12 selected by the city's Blue Ribbon Commission on Housing. Community engagement's high ranking is a good sign, according to Mark Schill, a consultant working with the commission. "I think people are willing and eager to participate in this process," he said.
An update to Grand Forks' stormwater policy raised questions about public safety at Monday's City Council meeting. The update, passed unanimously, included changes to the city's specifications for stormwater ponds, used to manage drainage. Some of the changes were meant to make the ponds safer and discourage the public from entering them, according to City Engineer Al Grasser. Under the new policy, the steepness of the ponds' sides would be reduced and a more gradual decline called a safety shelf would extend 10 feet into the water.
Whether you're hunting for unique knick-knacks or don't want to spend $100 on new rug, you may find what you're looking for by rifling through the shelves and racks of local secondhand stores. The Greater Grand Forks area is home to more than a dozen stores that may specialize in gently used clothing, furniture or offer just about any household good. *Denotes store staff did not return calls for comment by press time. 1. Clothes Mentor • 2500 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks • (701) 757-2800 • Carries only brand-name women's clothing and accessories.
They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but I beg to differ. When it comes to what guys want in a woman and what their fathers think they should want, that apple has hopped on a Greyhound bus and is riding off into the sunset. Most fathers are looking for someone who will take care of their son's every need (define that how you may) when it comes to playing house. Nowadays most guys are looking for girls who can hang, whether it's sitting at home and watching sports, beating them out for top spot in a go-kart race or jumping in a multiplayer video game battle.
Alan Davis, 41, is a man of few words. The ones he does use to tell his story echo the frustrations and hardships he and other residents of the Northlands Rescue Mission face in Grand Forks. A former resident of Bagley, Minn., Davis came to Grand Forks in October 2011 looking for work as a truck driver or a cook. A heart condition and spontaneous lung collapse have kept him from getting a job, he said.
Preliminary plans for a 360-acre development drew praise from Grand Forks city leaders at a Wednesday night commission meeting. "This is the biggest, most significant development in the history of Grand Forks sans the Columbia Mall," said Commissioner Doug Christensen. Christensen was joined by Mayor Mike Brown who called the potential development a "big deal." The latest version of the Southern Estates development plan was presented to the city's Planning and Zoning Commission for informational purposes.
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