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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GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A bill seeking to prohibit the submission of evidence gathered by an unmanned aircraft without a warrant passed Monday 74-19 in the North Dakota House. House Bill 1328 will move on to the Senate for consideration. Local law enforcement and business leaders have spoken out against the bill. Introduced by state Rep.
By Brandi Jewett Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — County, state and national officials signed on the dotted line today to kick off an unmanned aircraft systems project considered the...
-- Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. -- Flights must occur within operator's line of sight. -- Flights cannot exceed 500 feet in altitude or 100 mph in speed. -- Operator must be older than 17 and pass aeronautical knowledge test. -- Aircraft cannot be flown over people not involved in the flight. GRAND FORKS -- Proposed rules released over the weekend for operating small unmanned aircraft garnered positive reaction from industry experts and political figures in North Dakota. The rules have been years in the making and their debut
FINLEY, N.D. -- Sherry Midstokke clutched a piece of yellow paper as she moved toward the front of the lone courtroom in the Steele County Courthouse Wednesday. On the paper were some of the last words her children would hear her speak before she was sentenced by District Judge Steven Marquart to 30 years in prison for killing their father. "I still don't believe Lyle is dead," she said through tears. Middstokke, 62, will spend the next 20 years in prison for killing her husband Lyle Midstokke, 66, by suffocation last February.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Even more of North Dakota is now a testing ground for unmanned aircraft following a decision Wednesday from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA approved a request by the Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site to conduct unmanned aircraft system flights in this designated area. "It's good for the FAA. It's good for the industry.
GRAND FORKS -- Legislation aiming to support unmanned aircraft systems research in North Dakota and around the country and break down regulatory barriers was introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. The Safe Skies for Unmanned Aircraft Act of 2015 would require the Federal Aviation Administration to reach a number of goals concerning efforts to research uses of unmanned aircraft technology, according to a news release. Commercial use of unmanned aircraft is currently prohibited by the FAA while hobbyists are allowed to fly the aircraft for personal use.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The first time Montego and Lexus met was nose-to-nose through a fence Friday afternoon. After a few sniffs, Lexus got ready to play while Montego wandered...
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The Federal Aviation Administration is asking local law enforcement agencies to keep an eye out for people operating unmanned aircraft systems improperly. The agency released a set of guidelines last week -- a move one local officer said creates problems. "There are no UAS-specific regulations," said Al Frazier, a University of North Dakota professor and part-time Grand Forks County sheriff's deputy who is part of the department's UAS unit.
Wife pleads guilty to killing husband.
GRAND FORKS -- Kimberly Warcken wrapped her 8-year-old brother Matthew in her arms for the last time on May 6, 1987. "I held my brother when he took his last breath," said Warcken, who was 7 years old at the time. "I had no idea know what was going on, I just knew he wasn't waking up." Matthew Kiefert died when he was ejected from a school bus after its driver ran a stop sign and collided with another car and rolled on a rural road near Valley City, N.D.