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 East Grand Forks swimming pool will be closed for a renovation this summer, meaning swimmers will have to go elsewhere until the facility reopens next year. Among those affected are participants of the playground program, which brings children together for various recreational activities and is managed by the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Those children will be bused to Riverside Pool in Grand Forks on Wednesdays, Superintendent Dave Aker said.
A volunteer group is working to catch a dog that has roamed the small town of Stephen, Minn., for at least seven months. The Retrievers, an organization focusing on finding lost pets based in the Twin Cities, has taken over the case of a large black dog that has become a familiar face in the town of about 700 people. Numerous attempts to capture the dog by county law enforcement — including the use of a tranquilizer dart — have failed. Concerned resident Jane Smidt has been documenting the dog's appearances and even held a fundraiser that brought in about $350 to be put toward a
Flower baskets paid for through donations from East Grand Forks residents were hung on light poles by volunteers Wednesday in the downtown area. The petunias likely don't look different from previous summers, but their journey from the greenhouse to downtown was more peculiar this year. Flowers are usually included in the city budget but were cut this year by the City Council to keep the overall budget increase at 5 percent after Mayor Lynn Stauss vetoed a larger increase.
It was deja vu for the East Grand Forks City Council when it voted unanimously Tuesday to pursue a wastewater treatment partnership with Grand Forks. Four years ago, the council voted exactly the same way, but the decision was overturned by a mayoral veto. This time members expect the decision to stick as they say the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has tied their hands.
The East Grand Forks City Council will find itself in a familiar position today. At its meeting tonight, the group will once again be voting to select a wastewater treatment option that will allow it to move forward with appeasing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and address its growing sewage treatment needs. The resolution before the council calls for it to amend the city's wastewater facility plan and pursue an interconnect that would pump wastewater from East Grand Forks to Grand Forks for treatment. The interconnect project is predicted to be the cheapest option for the city over
When I was a kid, I was told I had eyelashes big enough to swat away flies, so it's been my mission as an adult to find mascara that maximizes my lashes' swatting power. I rarely buy the same mascara twice because I'm always hunting for "the one." I didn't find it this time with Maybelline's Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara. With that mouthful of a name, I half expected a unicorn to spring from the tube and apply the mascara for me. Alas, there was no unicorn, so I was left to apply it myself.
Grand Forks police did not have two home invasion suspects in custody as of Friday, but a department spokesman said they are following strong leads. Lt. Derik Zimmel said investigators do have persons of interest in the crime, which occurred just after 4:30 p.m.
East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss rescinded a veto today that would have stalled the city's swimming pool renovation after a majority of City Council said it could support a sales tax to pay off the project's loan.
After vetoing East Grand Forks' $1.8 million swimming pool project, Mayor Lynn Stauss is pitching a sales tax to pay off a loan should the city choose to move forward with the renovation. At Tuesday's City Council work session, Stauss reiterated what he wrote in his veto letter and asked the council to consider a half-cent sales tax. "I'm very concerned about the taxes of people," Stauss said, highlighting those on fixed incomes, such as seniors.
About 20 stakeholders in North Dakota's growing unmanned aircraft systems industry met Wednesday to pitch the state to a potential new business. U.S. Sen.