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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CROOKSTON — Angie Brown says she can't stop smiling. The 47-year-old woman has been in her own apartment for less than a month now after living for several months at the Care and Share Center, a homeless shelter located in downtown Crookston. "When you move, it's a great feeling. They helped me get on my feet," Brown said. "It's nice, it's really nice.
Residents interested in learning more about upcoming housing projects in Thief River Falls can swing through an open house today. The projects will create between 150 and 200 units of multifamily and single-family housing in the city, Director of Economic Development for Pennington County Christine Anderson said. Developers, realtors and others involved in the housing market will be on hand to answer questions at the event, which will run from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
East Grand Forks will move forward with paying for its half of a study aiming to update the potential cost of piping its sewage to Grand Forks for processing. The East Grand Forks City Council approved paying up to $2,500 for the study Tuesday, which will update a cost of service agreement between the two cities first created a few years ago. The council plans to use the figures in its ongoing discussion of what to do with its wastewater as the city grows and it needs to keep up with demand.
To get a better picture of who it's hiring for city positions, East Grand Forks is mulling contracting with a private firm for conducting background checks. The proposal made its first appearance before the City Council during the group's Tuesday work session.
While the Salvation Army is known for its holiday bell ringers, Grand Fork community members ventured behind the scenes on a tour of the charity Thursday to learn about its other services. A group of about a dozen people wound their way through the charity's 1600 University Ave.
The years haven't been kind to the 52-year-old East Grand Forks swimming pool. The concrete on its deck continues to shift and erode, leaving the surface uneven and preventing several doors to its bathhouse from opening — as Parks and Recreation Superintendent Dave Aker discovered Wednesday when he tried to enter the building. "It'll be good to have a new pool," he said, surveying its cracked surface. The pool's renovation is in sight with the City Council set to vote on allowing the city to advertise for bids at its meeting March 17.
Last week, the Grand Forks City Council voted to split updating a wastewater cost sharing agreement with East Grand Forks, leaving the latter city to decide if it's willing to pay. The original proposal asked Grand Forks to foot the bill of updating cost estimates for a potential wastewater interconnect project between the two cities.
The city of East Grand Forks cut funds to maintain flowers in this year's budget, but at least one resident still wants to see them planted, and he's asking others to help him see it done. Former council member Dale Helms voted to uphold a veto of a 10 percent tax increase that resulted in the city having to cut $180,000 from the budget it passed last minute on Dec.
Artist Bonnie Lee never wants to the world to forget the lives of her friend Tina Martin and cousin Dawn Sanquist-Anderson. Both women died at the hands of abusive men and Lee says often times in domestic violence situations, the focus remains on the deaths instead of the lives of victims. "So many times those headlines concentrate on the sensational part of it and they forget there was a real person behind that," Lee said from her home in Red Lake Falls, Minn. To memorialize these women and to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence in Minnesota, Lee started the Beautiful Life Pr
Frustrated East Grand Forks residents lashed out Tuesday at their City Council before it voted to hold off on taking action to collect on a $510,000 city loan that has gone unpaid for more than a decade. The council voted to adopt a resolution Tuesday saying the city will take "no action to pursue foreclosure and civil action" on the loan made to Boardwalk Enterprises and will instead wait for the city to be in a better position to collect on the loan. Two residents who spoke out called for the council to put the issue to bed once and for all. "I don't think it's right to put this thing off