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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CROOKSTON — Leaders in Grand Forks and Crookston hope to see a partnership between young professionals in the two cities grow through more collaboration in the coming year. The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals is looking to share its resources and help connect young professionals in the area, including in Crookston and Grafton, N.D.
Grand Forks County Social Services staff are working to figure out how $245 million in mandatory budget cuts at the state level will affect their department's budget. The cuts come...
Three unmanned aircraft buzzed overhead for less than 15 minutes Thursday, but the short flight marked a milestone for their operators and nearby spectators.
It's been a big year for Grand Sky, and project officials hope the next one is even bigger. The lease for the business park focused on unmanned aircraft was signed a year ago Thursday by Grand Forks Air Force Base, Grand Forks County and Grand Sky Development Co. In the 12 months since the signing, miles of gas lines, water pipes and electrical wiring has been laid and tons of asphalt and gravel removed.
A UND committee tasked with evaluating unmanned aircraft systems research projects has changed its name to give the public a better idea of its evolving role. Upon approval from interim UND President Ed Schafer, the group's name will no longer be the UAS Research and Compliance Committee but rather the Committee on UAS Research Ethics and Privacy. The committee voted unanimously to change the name today, but it will require a final signoff from Schafer.
The third time's the charm for a venture that will have Grand Forks treating East Grand Forks' sewage. On Tuesday, city councils from both cities unanimously approved a cost of service agreement outlining the partnership. The votes pave the way for the construction of a $10.7 million connection between the two cities' wastewater systems. Through that interconnect, sewage will be pumped from East Grand Forks to Grand Forks' treatment plant. They also mark the farthest the project has come following two failed attempts to get it off the ground in 2010 and 2011.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—The field has narrowed to four after Thief River Falls City Council members vetted 17 applications for the city's open administrator position Saturday. The finalists come from a variety of backgrounds, but all have ties to Minnesota. The council called a special session Saturday to review the applications. Its members opted not to use a consulting firm for the search process to fill the position vacated by former administrator Larry Kruse in December.
East Grand Forks residents looking to grouse about their neighbors' unmowed lawns or collection of junk won't find a public health office in City Hall to lodge their complaint. Instead, solving those types of health concerns falls to multiple city departments and at times requires assistance at the county level. East Grand Forks' Police and Planning departments, along with a contracted building inspection firm, are often the first point of contact when it comes to public health nuisances. The nuisances range from accumulations of garbage to overgrown weeds to stagnant water.
CROOKSTON—For several years, downtown Crookston businesses have expressed concern over cars parked all day in front of their properties—taking up spots they'd like to see customers using. "Some people would park there at 8 a.m. and not move until 5 p.m.," Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier said. To help keep cars from remaining parked all day on the main downtown thoroughfares, the city created a program that enlists University of Minnesota-Crookston criminal justice students as parking enforcers on a part-time basis.
With the upcoming Minnesota legislative session less than a month away, lobbyists are calling on legislators to act on a number of issues cities outside the Twin Cities area face. The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities has outlined several priorities on behalf of its members, which include regional cities such as Crookston, East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls.