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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It all started with a record request for a school district superintendent's W-2 form, and the coverage that followed has earned a Grand Forks native a Pulitzer Prize. The prizes were announced Monday, and Rob Kuznia and two colleagues were among the winners. The trio won in the local reporting category and Kuznia said the announcement still hasn't sunk in quite yet. "My editor told me he was submitting it for a Pulitzer. I took it as flattery and left it at that," he said.
Plans to remodel the East Grand Forks Civic Center will move forward following the City Council approving spending about $300,000 on the project. The approval was unanimous Tuesday with no discussion from council members.
The four miles of paved trails in Red Lake Falls, Minn., will be getting an revamp this coming summer after the city received a $10,000 grant. The money from the Northwest Regional Art Council will be the foundation of a community effort to beautify the trails with public art and educational resources, according to project coordinator Terri Hams. "I love this little city, but I feel like the trails are underused," she said.
UND President Robert Kelley is promising more communication from his administration on student issues after UND Student Government officials called for a vote of no confidence last week.
A meeting to discuss a resolution of no confidence for UND President Robert Kelley and three administrators by UND Student Senate has been postponed until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The rescheduling was announced Saturday in a campuswide email sent from UND administration and made "due to space and scheduling conflicts, as well as the desire to provide sufficient space and notice for everyone interested in attending." The meeting will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom, located on the second floor of the Memorial Union.
Dozens of curious youngsters crowded around tables to watch and try their hand at science activities Sunday at Fido Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. The activities were part of Super Science Day, an event put on annually by the Dakota Science Center. "It's the only STEM event in Grand Forks," Dakota Science Center Director Laura Munski said.
A power outage has been restored to areas of East Grand Forks this morning after an outage was reported. Through its Facebook page, the East Grand Forks Police Department says...
Maranda Weathermon has settled into her office. Cash and Krom have, too, though the pair of large dogs can make things pretty cozy. Weathermon, the new executive director of Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks, has been on the job for less than a month now but has introduced four new programs to the animal shelter. "Things are going pretty smoothly, the staff is really receptive to the changes, and they're excited about the changes, too," she said with Krom, a cattle dog-husky mix, lying at her feet.
Paws pounded the pavement Saturday morning as more than 100 dogs and their owners took over Lincoln Drive Park's walking trails for the second annual Dog Jog 5k. UND students with the university's recreation and tourism program organize the event each year as part of a class with proceeds benefiting the Circle of Friends Humane Society. "It's been a lot of fun, and we're really happy we're raising funds for Circle of Friends Humane Society," junior Sam Branger said, holding the leash of her rat terrier Marshall. Last year's event raised more than $3,000 for Circle of Friends. Mixed in amon
As wildfires rage across the region, Minnesota state officials are asking unmanned aircraft operators to keep their devices away from the flames. Should one stray into a zone where aerial firefighting is underway, Department of Natural Resources personnel will ground their airplanes or wait to respond to a call until the unmanned aircraft is confirmed gone. "If we have something like this happen, we're going to have to pull our air resources off the fire because we can't be running into (a device) with a helicopter rotor or something on an airplane," said Ron Stoffel, wildfire suppression su