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., 25 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 question of how to pay for the renovation of East Grand Forks' swimming pool will be answered today as election officials finish processing ballots submitted via mail and in person. Voters have been mailing ballots to City Hall for weeks as part of the city's first mail-in election. The ballot asked voters if they would support a 1 percent sales and use tax to pay for the $2.1 million pool renovation project. At a ballot board meeting last week, City Administrative Assistant Megan Nelson said more than 1,000 ballots had been turned in as of Thursday.
The first time I laid eyes on the Schick Hydro 5 men's razor was six years ago in the UND Student Government office. Scads of them were being given away as free samples, and as a college student, you don't turn down free. I wouldn't consider many things divine intervention, but this meeting was just that. If I could go back in time, I would have just walked out with the whole box, because after one shave, I was hooked.
THIEF RIVER FALLS — Interviews for candidates vying to be Thief River Falls' next city administrator are set for Saturday. The City Council and city department heads will meet with four applicants chosen from a pool of 17 applications last month. "They have all accepted and they are all very excited to meet with you," City Human Resources Specialist LeAnn Engelstad told the council last Tuesday. Interviewing for the job are Christine Anderson, Joseph Haj, Kandis Hanson and Rodney Otterson.
Tax increment financing districts can be tough to explain to someone outside City Hall, but Economic Development Authority Director Paul Gorte can just point across the street to the benefits. Just north of East Grand Forks City Hall is an area that was once home to a railyard. The creation of a TIF district made it possible to convert the land into the neighborhood it is today. "It was used to clean up this land and make it available, so instead of railroad tracks, it's the buildings you see across the street," Gorte said.
HILLSBORO, N.D. — A 20-foot-long unmanned aircraft has been cleared to take off by the Federal Aviation Administration for an agricultural research project this summer near Hillsboro. The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced Friday the Hermes 450 has received approval to fly as part of the project, which is headed by the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site and North Dakota State University.
UND hockey fans are familiar with the sights in and around the Ralph Engelstad Arena, but a local startup has used video taken by an unmanned aircraft, also known as...
A local group could see a big boost to its fundraising campaign in the form of a $150,000 grant if it can raise the required matching funds.
ADA, Minn. — On any given day, dozens roam the spaces of Little Learners daycare — each unaware they hold a coveted spot. They're spots that Minnesota parents spends weeks or months searching for, but their child care search often leads them to dead ends as open spaces are rare and waiting lists long. "We turn down anywhere from six to 10 children a week," said Karen Devos, owner of Little Learners in Ada.
GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE — Trapped on the ground in a leglock by his opponent, Staff Sgt. Gregory Harris had to act fast to escape and gain the upper hand. Well, he would if this was a real-life combat situation, but instead Harris and his opponent, fellow Staff Sgt. Jonathan Hogg, tussled Friday as part of a hand-to-hand combat and defensive skills class held on base. Harris took time to explain each move he made as he worked to free himself from Hogg's grasp.
A special election for a vote on implementing a new sales tax in East Grand Forks ends in less than two weeks. The 1 percent sales tax seeks to cover the estimated $2.1 million renovation project set to wrap up this spring at the city's swimming pool. If approved, the tax could only be used for funding the swimming pool project, City Executive Assistant Megan Nelson said.