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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It's officially every man by himself in the race for the East Grand Forks mayor's office and City Council seats. Tuesday's filing deadline for candidates passed without any new additions to the five open races, each of which has one declared candidate. For mayoral candidate Steve Gander, the lack of an opponent won't change his approach the next few months as he gets out to the community to meet residents and listen.
With a backhoe featuring a gold-painted bucket as their backdrop, East Grand Forks and Grand Forks leaders took golden shovels of their own Monday and broke ground on a joint wastewater project. The ceremonial gesture paves the way for a pipeline that will transport sewage from the East Side to the west, a project that has required cooperation on numerous levels from both city staffs in the eight years that have passed since its inception.
A successful summer continues for the newly renovated East Grand Forks swimming pool. The pool has topped previous attendance records and drawn users from around the region, including Grand Forks. In the first 55 days of operation, the pool has posted 7,455 visitors and reached a total revenue of $30,221, according to an email from Interim Parks and Recreation Superintendent Mark Dragich. "Hopefully these numbers will continue to grow for many summers to come," he said in the email.
There was a time in 1988 that Dan Boyce can recall no water flowing over the Riverside Park dam. A drought had slowed the Red River's flow but the demand for water from East Grand Forks and Grand Forks continued. "All the water that was coming down the river and the Red Lake River was being used between the two cities," said Boyce, who is the general manager of East Grand Forks Water and Light.
Staff members with the city of Grand Forks are hoping to give residents and visitors a new virtual way to explore the town and its local events. The Public Information Office has partnered with two local drone companies to give visitors to a new website a 360-degree view of Grand Forks staples using a special camera and unmanned aircraft, also known as a drone.
CROOKSTON — A dispute over a line deleted from a collective bargaining agreement between Crookston's school district and teachers union was put to rest earlier this summer in favor of the district.
With the start date for new regulations for commercial drone use just weeks away, speakers at a Grand Forks event looked to give residents an idea of what the rules could do for their business. The rules have been long awaited by those looking to enter the industry or utilize the services it provides, Field of View CEO David Dvorak told audience members gathered for the Thursday talk, one part of the monthly Drone Biz lunch series.
It was a successful primary Tuesday for endorsed candidates in regional races for Minnesota and federal positions. On the ballot this fall for the District 1 Senate race will be Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate Kip Fontaine and Republican Mark Johnson. Fontaine bested challenger Jual Carlson by a vote of 2,362 to 681, according to complete but unofficial results. With his place on the ballot in hand, Fontaine said he'll continue reaching out to voters as the general election on Nov. 8 draws near.
If no more candidate filings are submitted for East Grand Forks mayor and City Council races, this election cycle could be a quiet one for the city. More than a week into the filing period, the races for the mayor's office and each of the council seats are uncontested. Candidates filed for the seats within the first few days of the period opening, and no new filings have come in since.
After years of dissatisfaction with its records management system, the East Grand Forks Police Department is considering jumping to a different service provider, but it won't come cheap. Switching to a system provided by Zuercher Technology would cost about $84,000, Police Chief Mike Hedlund told the City Council at its Tuesday work session. "The department badly needs a new record system," he said. "Our current system is not meeting the needs of our department in a variety of ways."