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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The North Country Food Bank in Crookston is long overdue for a new place to call home, according to Executive Director Susie Novak. The food bank currently is split among two buildings, the first a converted dairy it has resided in since founded 33 years ago and another space the organization rents on the city's south end. "There's just not enough space to do the things we need to do and store the stuff we need to store for distribution," Novak said. A lack of space also may keep the organization from staying in compliance with stricter food safety regulations. That's why Novak and her sta
Armed with an updated cost estimate for pumping its wastewater to Grand Forks for treatment, the East Grand Forks City Council is now left to determine what the future of the city's sewage system looks like. Using 2015 figures, it will cost about about $516,000 annually for Grand Forks to potentially treat East Grand Forks' sewage, according to the new cost estimate. A similar cost of service agreement produced in 2013 put that cost at about $491,000. The group reviewed the costs prepared by Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services on Thursday during a special council meeting.
A controversy over tuition models seemed to come to a close Wednesday night when UND Student Senate took no action on a resolution of no confidence aimed at President Robert Kelley and three administrators. The move came after UND announced administrators and Student Government leaders signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday to improve communication, specifically on proposed tuition models. "I think it's pretty clear this has been quite a few days of learning and teaching for all of us," Kelley said, addressing those in attendance at the Wednesday senate meeting. The senate voted to ta
Those wishing to donate to the East Grand Forks flower project can again send money to East Grand Forks City Hall. Tuesday night, the City Council opted to reconsider and approve a resolution it rejected two weeks ago, which stated the city would accept donations on behalf of the project.
It all started with a record request for a school district superintendent's W-2 form, and the coverage that followed has earned a Grand Forks native a Pulitzer Prize. The prizes were announced Monday, and Rob Kuznia and two colleagues were among the winners. The trio won in the local reporting category and Kuznia said the announcement still hasn't sunk in quite yet. "My editor told me he was submitting it for a Pulitzer. I took it as flattery and left it at that," he said.
Plans to remodel the East Grand Forks Civic Center will move forward following the City Council approving spending about $300,000 on the project. The approval was unanimous Tuesday with no discussion from council members.
The four miles of paved trails in Red Lake Falls, Minn., will be getting an revamp this coming summer after the city received a $10,000 grant. The money from the Northwest Regional Art Council will be the foundation of a community effort to beautify the trails with public art and educational resources, according to project coordinator Terri Hams. "I love this little city, but I feel like the trails are underused," she said.
UND President Robert Kelley is promising more communication from his administration on student issues after UND Student Government officials called for a vote of no confidence last week.
A meeting to discuss a resolution of no confidence for UND President Robert Kelley and three administrators by UND Student Senate has been postponed until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The rescheduling was announced Saturday in a campuswide email sent from UND administration and made "due to space and scheduling conflicts, as well as the desire to provide sufficient space and notice for everyone interested in attending." The meeting will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom, located on the second floor of the Memorial Union.
Dozens of curious youngsters crowded around tables to watch and try their hand at science activities Sunday at Fido Purpur Arena in Grand Forks. The activities were part of Super Science Day, an event put on annually by the Dakota Science Center. "It's the only STEM event in Grand Forks," Dakota Science Center Director Laura Munski said.