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., 25 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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THIEF RIVER FALLS — What started as conversations about the state of Thief River Falls' downtown has given way to a group dedicated to revitalizing the area. The Thief River Falls Downtown Development Association has gained quite a following in its short existence, and Chairman Ryan Walseth hopes to keep that momentum going to bring fresh ideas and more to the city. Between 25 and 30 people show up for meetings, all contributing to a team mentality that Walseth said should make the organization more successful that past attempts to improve downtown.
If you’ve been wondering what people are doing with their Section 333 exemptions granted by the Federal Aviation Administration, a new report is out that allows for interactive browsing of...
A recent report states a roundabout is a feasible and safe option for the intersection of Bygland Road and Rhinehart Drive in East Grand Forks. A roundabout has been one...
Planning an expansion of its East Grand Forks facility, Northern Valley Machine is seeking a $100,000 property tax abatement over the next five years from the city. The company, located...
A committee born out of a disagreement among city leaders over how East Grand Forks contracts with firms for engineering services has produced recommendations that will likely be set aside...
Peeps and chirps fill the aisles of Tractor Supply Co. in Grand Forks for a few weeks each spring, drawing crowds to peek at chicks looking for new homes. The appearance of the birds is part of Chick Days, an annual program at the store that brings live chicks and ducklings from hatcheries to stores for purchase. The chicks also attract visitors to the store, with parents bringing in children to take a gander at the animals. The birds prove popular among hobby farmers in the area, who raise them for eggs or meat.
Recommendations from a federal rulemaking committee could pave the way for unmanned aircraft to fly directly over people, which local operators say translates to progress for the industry. The Federal...
CLIFFORD, N.D. — With the court case involving a former manager convicted of stealing at least $63,000 closed, the Traill Rural Water District is looking to move on from a dark chapter in its history. In the wake of the conviction, the district's board of directors has been reaching out to patrons and speaking openly about the case, including giving a presentation on it at the organization's annual meeting late last month. Now, the board's priority is recovering the lost money, according to board member Michael Anderson.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—The new distribution center for Degelman Industries rises above farm fields near Hillsboro, looking little like the building the company started in more than four decades ago in Canada. "Manufacturing started in a barn," General Manager Blair Flavel said, sitting Thursday at the facility's boardroom table. Flavel sat with Paul Degelman, who confirmed the story of how his father, Wilf Degelman, started the company in 1962. "Dad chased the cows out of the barn and turned it into a plant," Degelman said.
PULLOUT AT BOTTOM The latest round of data released by the Federal Aviation Administration detailing sightings of unmanned aircraft by pilots and air traffic controllers shows no new reports in North Dakota. Despite earning a reputation of being an up and coming hub for unmanned aircraft systems technology, sightings in the state have been rare since the FAA began tracking such reports in December 2013, logging only two reports — one each in Grand Forks and Fargo — in the timeframe.