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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Several Grand Forks organizations could lose grant money they were approved for if City Council members overturn decisions made through the Arts Regranting Program. The council's finance committee voted to move the program's grant recommendations forward Monday. The motion, made by council member Doug Christensen, included a provision to hold funding for five organizations on the basis that their missions aren't directly related to the arts -- a grant requirement. "I think some of these go beyond the focus of the grants," Christensen said.
The idea of a new south-end bridge across the Red River seems to be on the minds of many Grand Forks area residents, though the high construction cost means it might be a while before they get the bridge they want. A south-end bridge became one of the top voted ideas on the community forum website Engage the Forks, and also received mention at a city legislative forum last month. The city's 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan calls for the next Red River bridge to be built south of the city on Merrifield Road, also known as County Road 6. A bridge at that location isn't meant to alleviate t
They say it takes a village to raise a child. According to Al Boucher, it took a similar approach to create a clay studio in Grand Forks. "Potters don't like to work alone," said Boucher, as he cut a slab of clay for his Tuesday night class at Muddy Waters Clay Center. Near his table, Karla Nelson worked a lump of clay to her liking by throwing it repeatedly on a counter. "We're influenced by each other," she said.
In his introduction to a Grand Forks community tuberculosis panel Thursday, Dr. Raymond Goldsteen called the past few months preceding it a "moment of learning" when it came to managing one of North Dakota's largest epidemics. Three cases of tuberculosis were publically confirmed in Grand Forks in October. What followed were 13 more confirmed cases, 45 people on medication and more than 900 medical follow ups. "We think (tuberculosis is) not one we have to worry about," Goldsteen, a UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences professor, said.
Blizzard Dolley gave the Minn-Kota Chapter of the Red Cross more than it bargained for when it swept though Grand Forks Sunday and Monday. The fourth winter storm of the season left behind about 4 inches of snow and more than 200 without a place to stay for the night as area hotels were filled to the brim. Late Monday evening, Red Cross volunteers and city staff opened an emergency shelter in the Alerus Center to house those stranded by road closures. "We weren't expecting to get as many as we did," said chapter spokesman Brian Shawn. A group of five to 10 Red Cross and city volunteers had
Grand Forks has opened an emergency shelter Monday in the Alerus Center for travelers stranded by Monday's Blizzard Dolley after area hotels ran out of rooms. The shelter opened at 9 p.m. for anyone who needs a place to stay for the night, according to city spokesperson Kevin Dean. American Red Cross volunteers and city staff were preparing for at least 40 people late Monday evening. The facility has cots, showers and food available for those staying in it. The shelter can be accessed through Door 2, located on the southwest side of the building.
Travelers stranded in Grand Forks took refuge in the Alerus Center Monday after area hotels sold out of rooms following a winter storm that closed roads, schools and businesses. At about 8:30 p.m., city staff and Red Cross volunteers were preparing to shelter about 40 people from the Presidents Day blizzard, according to city spokesman Kevin Dean. "It's fairly basic," he said.
The recent defeat of a bill to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation statewide has some Grand Forks residents headed to Tuesday's City Council meeting looking for a similar local law. "We wanted to start the movement in Grand Forks as soon as it ended in Bismarck," said UND law student Tim Heise, 33. He and other members of One ND, a group fighting against discrimination, will ask the council to pass a law like Senate Bill 2252, which was aimed at employers, landlords, hotels, banks, and local and state government agencies. Heise, a Republican and father of four, said he
An empty pizza box sparked a debate over cutting taxes for oil companies during a city legislative forum in Grand Forks Saturday. Gerry Nies of Grand Forks used the box as part of a metaphor to set the stage for a question to local legislators: How can they rationalize giving money to out-of-state oil companies? His question was tied to Senate Bill 2336, which would reduce the state's extraction tax by 2 percentage points from 6.5 to 4.5 percent on wells drilled after 2017. Wells created prior to 2017 are not eligible for the tax break. District 18 Democrat Sen.
A meteor exploding over Russia Friday sent out a glass-shattering shockwave from 30 miles up in the air, but sent waves of excitement through the Space Studies Department at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Hundreds of small meteors enter Earth's atmosphere each week, but ones like the estimated 7,000-ton Russian object are a rarity, according to space studies professor Mike Gaffey. "These are natural events that occur all the time," he said.