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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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.
Work is underway to finish a stabilization project on a section of land along the Red Lake River that collapsed more than a decade ago near U.S.
A former Crookston Chamber & Visitor's Bureau employee is returning to Minnesota from New Zealand to take the reigns of the organization. Amanda Lien, previously the Chamber's event and communications coordinator, will start as the organization's executive director on June 2. Board of Directors Chairman Corby Kemmer said the decision to hire Lien as the executive director was unanimous. "We just felt she was the right person to bring back," he said.
Six northwest Minnesota businesses and one city have been penalized so far this year after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency completed its latest round of enforcement investigations. In total, the agency finished 58 investigations in the first quarter of 2015.