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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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After months of debate, East Grand Forks' options for addressing its growing wastewater needs will once again be put to a City Council vote. The council, which formed a committee earlier this month to evaluate estimated costs for three options, will vote on the issue June 2. "This is something we have to decide," City Council President Mark Olstad said, referring to deadlines the city faces regarding a sewage plan.
Two bus services with routes through northwest Minnesota have partnered to provide intercity routes between Thief River Falls, Crookston and Grand Forks. Tri-Valley Transit and Jefferson Lines are partnering to provide routes from Thief River Falls to Crookston and Thief River Falls to Grand Forks. The partnership connects Thief River Falls with existing Jefferson Lines depots located in those cities. "We're excited to make this available north of the U.S. Highway 2 corridor, " said Cynthia Pic, transportation programs director for Tri-Valley.
The shuffling of office space to accommodate Polk County Public Health’s move into the county’s justice center could come with a $1.1 million price tag. Public Health’s current rented space...
In order to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Polk County, a tenant making minimum wage would have to work more than a 40-hour week to come up with rent. In Minnesota, there isn't a county in which a renter could work 40 hours a week earning the $8 minimum wage and afford a typical one-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent, according to a report released by nonprofit Minnesota Housing Partnership. "Presuming a minimum wage worker can find steady, full-time employment, nowhere in Minnesota does this level of pay afford a standard apartment, even after our state's minimum wage increase," C
STEPHEN, Minn.—Jane Smidt smiled when the shaggy black dog lifted a leg to do his business on tree along a residential street in Stephen. "There's the leg lift," she said.
East Grand Forks City Council members postponed approval of a liquor license renewal for Boardwalk Bar & Grill Tuesday after one member questioned whether the owners deserved a license in light of a decade-old unpaid loan.
East Grand Forks may soon join Grand Forks, Crookston and other area cities that have passed a law holding accountable those providing an environment for underage drinking. A draft of a social host ordinance will be discussed by the City Council at its meeting Tuesday. At a work session last week, council members reviewed the draft prepared by City Attorney Ron Galstad. In its current version, the law would prohibit hosting or allowing an event where a person—defined by the law as individuals owning or controlling the premises or organizing the event—knowingly allows underage po
Two research projects aiming to test inspection and monitoring capabilities of unmanned aircraft will soon be taking flight in North Dakota. A UND research compliance committee gave the projects a green light at its Friday meeting.
Unmanned aircraft will soon be buzzing overhead at several agricultural research centers around North Dakota. North Dakota State University received approval Friday to expand its unmanned aircraft systems research program from the UND UAS Research and Compliance Committee, a group that vets research proposals. Last year, the committee approved the use of unmanned aircraft at the university's Carrington research center.
East Grand Forks will move forward with a $1.6 million bid for swimming pool repairs. The City Council voted 5-2 on Tuesday night to accept a bid from TF Powers Construction Co. for renovations to the city's aging swimming pool. "Value in a community is different to everybody. ... I put the value of a swimming pool a little higher," council member Craig Bucklew said Tuesday.