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 email@example.com.
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Revealed as the result of an overdose by an official autopsy report Thursday, the death of Prince is seen by some in the Grand Forks community as a solemn reminder of the tragic impact of drug use. One of those people is Dr. Christopher Boe, an emergency room physician at Altru Hospital. "Most of us have grown up with his music and most of us really respect him as an artist or have been influenced by his music in one way or another," Boe said. "I think (his death) highlights the tragedy of substance abuse and how it can hit anybody."
Two Grand Forks companies are forging partnerships beyond the state border in hopes of capturing a larger share of the fast-growing unmanned aircraft systems market. Aerial inspection and photography company SkySkopes announced Wednesday it had formed an alliance with Interactive Aerial, based in Traverse City, Mich. As part of the move, SkySkopes will be opening an office in Michigan, likely sharing space with its new partner.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has inked two contracts that could spark collaborative efforts at its new training facility under construction near Grand Forks. General Atomics, which manufactures unmanned aircraft such as the Predator and Reaper lines, will work with the UND Aerospace Foundation and CAE, a developer of training services that includes flight simulators, according to a news release.
I have a dream of having long hair, the kind of locks you see on mermaids and models.
Sheldon Roningen hasn’t checked out a book from a library for 48 years, but he’s made a habit of stopping into the Campbell Library in East Grand Forks about once a week.
When Catherine Gillach started her career as a principal 16 years ago, the realm of social media had yet to get off the ground. The founding of Facebook was four years away. It would be 2006 before students were tweeting and another five years after that they would be sending pictures that exist for only seconds at time on Snapchat.
A proposal to pave a downtown East Grand Forks parking lot has a local contractor suggesting an apartment building on the property instead of a layer of concrete. Craig Tweten has pitched the city his idea for a four- or five-story apartment building at the corner of Fourth Street Northwest and DeMers Avenue. Tweten, founder of Community Contractors Inc., said Wednesday he and partners at Dakota Commercial & Development Co. have been working on the concept of the building for about a year and had planned to bring it to the City Council.
CROOKSTON — The amount wasn't as high as some had hoped, but a $20 million increase to Minnesota's Local Government Aid program for 2017 survived the legislative session. Proponents of the increase had pushed for $45.5 million, but the approved amount still will mean funding bumps for area cities. Crookston, which receives the highest amount of aid in Polk County, will see an increase of $116,000 for 2017, City Administrator Shannon Stassen said.
For the first time in months of discussion, a proposal to broadcast and record East Grand Forks City Council meetings heard no audible dissent Tuesday. City staff members have drafted a budget that comes in just under the $25,000 grant awarded to fund the project, and the proposal quietly moved forward for final consideration by the City Council. Under the proposal, the city would purchase five video cameras and other equipment capable of broadcasting city meetings on TV and online.
ST PAUL—The tumultuous end of the Minnesota Legislature's most recent session Sunday produced mixed results for the city of East Grand Forks. The city received legislative approval for a sales and use tax to cover its swimming pool renovation, but the failure of the bonding bill means a $5.3 million grant for a sewage interconnect project slipped through the city's fingers. A failed bill doesn't spell the end of the $10.7 million interconnect project, which would pipe waste from East Grand Forks to Grand Forks for treatment.