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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Come Aug. 29, the Federal Aviation Administration testing center at UND is expected to get a little busier. That date marks the day when federal regulations go into effect for commercial and government operators of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones. Under the new rules, those wanting to pilot these aircraft will need to obtain a remote pilot certificate by passing an aviation knowledge test. The UND testing center is one of three sites in the state where prospective UAS pilots can take the exam.
The filing period is approaching for potential candidates to throw their hats in the ring for local government positions in East Grand Forks. Filing for the mayor's office and four City Council seats will open Aug. 2 and run until Aug. 16. Affidavits can be filled out at East Grand Forks City Hall in the administration office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There is a $2 filing fee. If a candidate changes his or her mind about running, City Executive Assistant Megan Nelson said that person has until Aug. 18 to withdraw his or her filing.
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.