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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A future boom in population along South 42nd Street in Grand Forks has city officials considering installing more stoplights on the stretch of road than previously planned. With several incoming apartment buildings and hotels in the area around the street's intersections with Garden View Drive and 11th Avenue South, City Engineer Al Grasser said the city may need to consider the placement of an additional stoplight. "We're seeing a lot of intense development in that area," he told the City Council's safety committee Tuesday. More than 500 apartment units, a retail center and two hotels woul
Some North Dakota residents could see more money in their pockets if two bills introduced Monday by Grand Forks-area lawmakers pass in the state legislature. House Bill 1221 would produce an income-tax credit for eligible renters while HB 1317 would create a student-loan forgiveness program for graduates of early-childhood education or care programs. The proposed tax credit would be worth up to $360. If the renter pays less than $7,200 a year in rent, the credit will be 5 percent of their annual rent payment. "We've provided millions of dollars in property tax relief," said Sen.
Cleaning up the books is the next step for Grand Forks city and Park District officials interested in revamping the city's park land dedication requirement. In a report presented to the City Council's finance committee Monday night, six developments lacked a record of payment required by the policy. "If someone sees that, it raises a lot of questions," Council President Hal Gershman said of the missing information. "We need to close the loops ...
After decades of requiring developers to dedicate land for park use, Grand Forks officials are looking at reworking the policy in hopes of spurring city growth. The law requires developers to set aside 8 percent of a residential development for parks or pay 8 percent of the land's value to the park district. Recently the usefulness of the requirement has been questioned by City Council members and city staff. "The 8 percent served a good purpose," City Planner Brad Gengler said.
Area residents raised concerns over early childhood education and local transportation projects at Grand Forks' first legislative forum of the year Saturday. More than 25 turned out to have their questions answered by local legislators representing Districts 17, 18, 42 and 43. Judy Milavetz, a member of the state Association for the Education of Young Children, came to the forum to express dismay over a lack of funding for early-childhood education programming in the state, including child care and Headstart. About $5 million is provided for these facilities in the governor's budget, but th
Discussion of alcohol distribution and consumption laws and culture in Grand Forks brought dozens of community members to City Hall Thursday night. The group gathered at the City Council's Service and Safety Committee meeting to discuss proposed changes to the city's alcohol laws and culture. Members of the audience included safety and health experts, bar owners and residents. "It's not the use of alcohol that's the problem," said UND Health and Wellness Director Jane Croeker.
Two Grand Forks apartments sustained thousands of dollars in damage Wednesday after a frozen pipe burst and flooded the units and nearby hallway. The units' tenants will be unable to return to their homes for some time, according to Mike Sandery, battalion chief for the Grand Forks Fire Department. He gave an unofficial damage estimate of $10,000 for the two apartments. Firefighters were called to the Mall View Apartments, located on 24th Avenue South, at about noon responding to a report of water seeping into an apartment.
Grand Forks City Council members voted Monday to hold off on forgiving the remaining $440,000 balance of a city loan given to the owners of the old Metropolitan Opera House. The council voted unanimously to table the request until the property's owner, Lonnie Laffen, and prospective buyer, Dan Sampson, rework details of their deal.
Weather experts say to bundle up because bitterly cold wind chills won't be leaving the Grand Forks area anytime soon. The city saw a wind chill low of 38 below zero Monday, and the National Weather Service predicts similar wind chill values for the rest of the week. "If you have to go outside, wear appropriate clothing," said Tom Grafenauer, a meteorologist with the Grand Forks weather service office. The weather service issued a wind chill advisory for northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota that is active until noon Tuesday.
Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" address, more than 100 people gathered Monday in Grand Forks to remember and reflect upon on the life and legacy of the speech and its giver. "He prayed and worked hard for a world that would be better," said Fred Wood, chancellor of the University of Minnesota-Crookston. "We're closer to his dream, but we're not there yet." The celebration "I Have a Dream -- Fifty Years Later" started at 11 a.m.