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., 25 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Polk County health officials are asking the East Grand Forks City Council to consider creating a law that would hold individuals responsible for underage drinking happening in their residences. The law, called a social host ordinance, would give law enforcement a tool to hold parents or others accountable who allow underage drinking to occur in their home, according to Sue Thompson, a wellness coordinator with Polk County Public Health. Providing alcohol to minors is a crime, but Thompson said oftentimes minors are reluctant to reveal who bought it for them. "(A social host law) takes the f
East Grand Forks City Hall will soon have a new tenant following the approval of a lease agreement Tuesday by the City Council. A lease between the city and the Northwest Minnesota Multi County Housing and Redevelopment Authority was approved by the council without discussion. The organization provides a number of housing and development-related services including rent assistance and grant writing. It will rent roughly 1,000 square feet of space in City Hall for no cost but will have to pay for other services such as phones and Internet access, according to the agreement. The lease runs th
The first time Montego and Lexus met was nose-to-nose through a fence Friday afternoon. After a few sniffs, Lexus got ready to play while Montego wandered a few feet down...
The first time I ever had a beer, I had to spit it into a sink. I took a swig from a Grain Belt bottle, and it's safe to say my 17-year-old palate didn't appreciate the malty taste, which reminded me of moldy-smelling straw bales.
While it became the source of chaos, the Circle of Friends Humane Society Board of Directors' decision to have members sign ballots during the animal shelter's annual meeting Tuesday did not break the law. A response from the North Dakota Attorney General's Office to a complaint emailed by an audience member regarding the meeting said the board did not break the law. "It is not a violation of the law if a public entity decides to be 'more open' than required by law," wrote office spokeswoman Liz Brocker. When casting votes to fill the Grand Forks animal shelter's six open board positions, v
After a nearly hour-long voting session, six vacant seats on the Circle of Friends Board of Directors were filled, four of which have been empty since late September. Filing the open spots brought the board up to 15 members.
On the eve of trip to St. Paul to speak with legislators about, among other items, funding for wastewater projects, the option of building a mechanical treatment plant seems to be gaining ground among East Grand Forks City Council members. The most recent construction cost estimate for the plant put it at about $24 million with annual operating cost of about $422,000.
An international snowmobile race that was set to run from Canada to Minnesota has been canceled this year as unseasonally high temperatures have melted snow essential for the race. Organizers...
A line of cars snaked through the parking lot of the East Grand Forks Senior Center and out into an alley Friday morning with drivers setting their eyes on the prize — boxes of frozen chicken. Ninety-five boxes of chicken fillets were packed into waiting cars by volunteers from Bountiful Baskets, a co-op organization with food distribution sites throughout 24 states. "I'm getting my workout," said volunteer Casandra Schaumburg as she lifted a box. Lisa Atkinson, site coordinator for East Grand Forks, said the chicken pickup was a special event. "It's the first time we've done the chi
The cities of East Grand Forks and Grand Forks haven't been on the same page in quite some time when it comes to a proposed project that would connect the cities' wastewater systems. The debate among East Grand Forks City Council members throughout the years has come down to the word "control," which opponents have said they are not ready to give up to their larger neighbor. East Grand Forks must expand its current wastewater lagoon system -- a system of settling ponds situated north of the city -- in order to accommodate further growth in the city.