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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The hum of flying unmanned aircraft has been audible on the Alerus Center event floor this week in Grand Forks. Local interns have been completing flight exercises and navigating obstacles...
It's apparent the swimming pool in Sherlock Forest Park was missed by East Grand Forks residents who watched the facility close two years ago in preparation for renovation. The pool, which reopened June 11, had recorded 3,801 visitors as of Sunday, putting it on track to surpass the attendance recorded during its previous season. Revenues also are up.
Lynn Stauss was mere months into his first term as mayor of East Grand Forks when the largest natural disaster the community had ever seen enveloped its buildings and streets with torrents of water. Now, two decades after taking the city's helm during the flood of 1997, Stauss has announced he will not seek re-election.
A contractor has been selected for the construction of a wastewater interconnect between East Grand Forks and Grand Forks set to begin this summer. The East Grand Forks City Council approved a bid of $5.4 million for the project from R.J. Zavoral and Sons Inc. of East Grand Forks. Once completed, the interconnect will send sewage from East Grand Forks to Grand Forks for treatment, replacing the latter city's lagoon system.
A $450,000 donation is set to be the foundation of a health and wellness partnership between Altru Health System and the city of East Grand Forks. Approved unanimously Tuesday evening by the City Council, the partnership aims to enhance existing services and bring new ones to the city. "Our mission extends to improving the overall health of the communities we serve and
More than 72 miles of bike trails snake through Greater Grand Forks, and even more miles of sidewalks line city streets. But this extensive network of paths also has gaps. The paths still provide space for cyclists and walkers to traverse the community, but officials from Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are looking to enhance and expand the system to address safety concerns and improve quality of life in the communities. Doing so requires extensive planning as getting ahead of improvements is necessary in order to make them a reality.
A full house greeted organizers of a new lunch series focusing on the Grand Forks area's drone industry Thursday. More than 100 people attended the first Drone Biz lunch, some likely getting their first up-close view of a drone taking flight as one roared to life as part of the program held in the Herald Community Room. The short flight featured an Inspire 1 aircraft flown by aerial inspection company SkySkopes. In lieu of using its own camera, the drone carried a tablet that streamed live video of the flight to the city of Grand Forks Facebook page.
Federal funding for roads, bridges and other infrastructure isn't keeping up with needs in northwestern Minnesota and regional leaders would like to see that change. Several attended a listening session Wednesday in East Grand Forks where they were given time to voice their concerns to staff working for Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. In their corner of the state, county officials say roads are in need of work but funding can be scarce for such a rural area.
Restaurants and bars caught selling alcohol to minors could see stiffer penalties for racking up multiple offenses in East Grand Forks if a proposed ordinance change passes. In response to businesses failing multiple compliance checks, city staff are proposing to track offenses over a longer period of time. City law tallies offenses that occur in a 12-month period, which is a time frame deemed too short by Police Chief Mike Hedlund.
A trip to space is in the cards this year for a homemade UND satellite, but students and alumni behind the small device said its purpose extends beyond orbiting Earth. The device started as an idea in 2011 among a group of students looking to create a project that could prove helpful to a larger community of learners. "We finally came up with making a satellite that makes it easier for everyone else to make a satellite," said Jeremy Straub, the project's director and a recent doctoral graduate of the school's computer science program.