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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A groundbreaking unmanned aircraft research proposal was approved Friday by a UND research oversight committee. The project proposed by staff from the university's unmanned aircraft program seeks to test radio control of unmanned aircraft beyond line of sight. The Federal Aviation Administration is charged with integrating unmanned aircraft systems into commercial air space and researchers said this project supports that mission. "This is true UAS integration into the (National Air Space).
A number of current and potential openings at the East Grand Forks Police Department has its chief seeking permission to start another hiring process. Through a number of circumstances, the department could be left with up to six openings — a gap that would weigh heavily on the 22-officer department. Staffing shortages in 2014 led the department to spend double the $100,000 budgeted for overtime pay. Police Chief Mike Hedlund told East Grand Forks City Council members on Tuesday he wants to avoid that this year. "We're trying to minimize overtime costs as best we can," Hedlund said.
Lakota, N.D. farmer Rodney Brossart will likely face another jury after the North Dakota Supreme Court announced Monday it had tossed out a felony terrorizing conviction. The justices ordered a...
CROOKSTON — An uneven split between proponents and opponents of the proposed Sandpiper pipeline didn't keep either side from getting their voices heard Monday at public hearing here. Around 100 people turned out to testify in support of or against — a majority of those speaking in favor of — the application for a certificate of need filed by the American branch of Canadian company Enbridge. The certificate of need requires approval from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission before the company can start on the 300-mile portion of the pipeline that would run through the s
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — The most recent meeting of the City Council here was quieter than others held in the past year. The Jan. 6 meeting did feature debate,...
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — The most recent meeting of the City Council here was quieter than others held in the past year. The Jan. 6 meeting did feature debate, but everyone seemed to take their turn and snide remarks were left at the door. Brian Holmer, the city's newly elected mayor, noticed the difference. And he was happy with it. "You could tell it was a whole different council meeting," Holmer said. "The aura of the room was a little different, and I like the feeling." Holmer is one of four new faces on the council.
RURAL EUCLID, Minn. — A lot has changed for a black lab mix named Gabby and her puppies since they were found abandoned in freezing temperatures last month in Grand Forks. Illness struck the entire litter of 10 after they arrived at the farm of their foster mom Kaydi Strickler-Grunhovd, after being brought to the Circle of Friends Humane Society. "They weren't nursing, they really weren't doing much of anything," she said. Strickler-Grunhovd set up a cot in her family's heated farm shop where the dogs are kept.
FINLEY, N.D. - The "guilty" was quiet, but its impact filled the courtroom here Wednesday when Sherry Midstokke answered how she would plead to charges of murdering her husband. A...
Kimberly Warcken wrapped her 8-year-old brother Matthew in her arms for the last time on May 6, 1987. "I held my brother when he took his last breath," said Warcken, who was 7 years old at the time. "I had no idea know what was going on, I just knew he wasn't waking up." Matthew Kiefert died when he was ejected from a school bus after its driver ran a stop sign and collided with another car and rolled on a rural road near Valley City, N.D.
By the time this column reaches your fingertips, the new year will have been smacking me in the face for three or four days. That and likely a hangover because strawberry champagne is a seductive mistress.