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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On the eve of trip to St. Paul to speak with legislators about, among other items, funding for wastewater projects, the option of building a mechanical treatment plant seems to be gaining ground among East Grand Forks City Council members. The most recent construction cost estimate for the plant put it at about $24 million with annual operating cost of about $422,000.
An international snowmobile race that was set to run from Canada to Minnesota has been canceled this year as unseasonally high temperatures have melted snow essential for the race. Organizers...
A line of cars snaked through the parking lot of the East Grand Forks Senior Center and out into an alley Friday morning with drivers setting their eyes on the prize — boxes of frozen chicken. Ninety-five boxes of chicken fillets were packed into waiting cars by volunteers from Bountiful Baskets, a co-op organization with food distribution sites throughout 24 states. "I'm getting my workout," said volunteer Casandra Schaumburg as she lifted a box. Lisa Atkinson, site coordinator for East Grand Forks, said the chicken pickup was a special event. "It's the first time we've done the chi
The cities of East Grand Forks and Grand Forks haven't been on the same page in quite some time when it comes to a proposed project that would connect the cities' wastewater systems. The debate among East Grand Forks City Council members throughout the years has come down to the word "control," which opponents have said they are not ready to give up to their larger neighbor. East Grand Forks must expand its current wastewater lagoon system -- a system of settling ponds situated north of the city -- in order to accommodate further growth in the city.
Potential adopters will have their first opportunity Saturday to meet lab mix Gabby and her eight puppies who were found outside in freezing temperatures last month in Grand Forks. The pups and their mom will be available for adoption through the Circle of Friends Humane Society. Those interested in adopting the dogs can meet them in person from 1 to 3 p.m.
The North Dakota Attorney General has determined two closed executive sessions held by the Circle of Friends Humane Society board of directors were in violation of open meetings law ...
The East Grand Forks Police Department is one step closer to solving a personnel shortage that has plagued the agency for months. The East Grand Forks City Council approved two personnel requests from Chief Mike Hedlund at its Tuesday meeting. The first request will start a new hiring process for police officers as soon as it is needed. According to Hedlund, the department is conducting background checks on four police officer candidates. The department anticipates six openings in the coming months.
An East Grand Forks woman facing a murder charge in the overdose death of a 26-year-old woman will have to find a new public defender. At an initial appearance and probation violation hearing held Tuesday in Crookston, Joel Arnason, attorney for 32-year-old Shilo Chasity Delorme, told the court his representation of Delorme in two other cases would create a conflict of interest in her murder case. Delorme violated the terms of her probation following convictions involving felony drugs and domestic abuse charges when she was charged with murder, which reopened those two prior cases. Arnason
While North Dakota faces the full onslaught of winter, farmers' minds are already on spring planting and perhaps how that and other farm operations could one day be aided with unmanned aircraft technology. Commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems is currently banned by the Federal Aviation Administration, which means farmers and ranchers can't use the devices just yet. "From the FAA's point of view, farmers can't do this over their own land if it's a commercial farm," said John Nowatzki, agricultural machine systems specialist at NDSU. That is, unless they like paperwork. Bob Becklund
The Federal Aviation Administration is asking local law enforcement agencies to keep an eye out for people operating unmanned aircraft systems improperly. The agency released a set of guidelines last week — a move one local officer said creates problems. "There are no UAS-specific regulations," said Al Frazier, a UND professor and part-time Grand Forks County sheriff's deputy who is part of the department's UAS unit.