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 AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Plans for an empty expanse of concrete and the dozens of acres near Grand Forks Air Force Base that have evolved for five years have finally come to fruition. What is now prairie and an abandoned runway connection to the base will soon give way to Grand Sky, a unmanned aircraft systems business park that could bring $200 million to $300 million in development to the area. "It came from just a concept and a dream, and now when you see the dirt turn for something like this, the reality is there," said John Smisek, a former Grand Forks County com
GRAFTON, N.D. -- Walsh County Commission last week granted a request from County Recorder Diane Link to relieve her of marriage licensing and officiating duties after she said it would go against her beliefs to grant licenses to same-sex couples. Link said she believes marriage is between a man and a woman and she is not comfortable issuing licenses or performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, so on July 6 she asked the commission to transfer her duties to Deputy Recorder Yvette Moe. "My deputy has always done licenses and ceremonies, so nothing has changed there except inste
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Encouraging unmanned aircraft systems-related businesses to settle in North Dakota was among priorities discussed Tuesday at a Chamber of Commerce roundtable in Grand Forks. Grand Sky, hailed as the nation's first UAS business park, has its anchor tenant secured, but leaders would like to see others start filling in space at the park, just southwest of Grand Forks Air Force Base. U.S. Sen.
GRAND FORKS -- Two research projects aiming to test inspection and monitoring capabilities of unmanned aircraft will soon be taking flight in North Dakota. A University of North Dakota research compliance committee gave the projects a green light at its Friday meeting.
GRAND FORKS -- Unmanned aircraft will soon be buzzing overhead at several agricultural research centers around North Dakota. North Dakota State University received approval Friday to expand its unmanned aircraft systems research program from the University of North Dakota UAS Research and Compliance Committee, a group that vets research proposals. Last year, the committee approved the use of unmanned aircraft at the university's Carrington research center.
Fighting Sioux among names that won't be considered GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota released a list Monday night of 1,172 unique suggestions, along with accompanying commentary, that will be eligible for consideration to become the university's new nickname. "We figured there would be quite a few," UND spokesman Peter Johnson said. "I don't know if anyone had a strong sense of how many, but I can't say I'm surprised.
GRAND FORKS — Eliot Glassheim received a standing ovation before the program held to honor his work even got underway Saturday in Grand Forks. A crowd squeezed into the main...
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley is promising more communication from his administration on student issues after student government officials called for a vote of no confidence last week. In a campuswide email sent Sunday, Kelley outlines four actions he and administrators are taking or plan to take in order to give students a better look at how the university makes decisions and presents information to students The email follows another note Kelley sent out after an emergency Student Senate meeting last week where he and other administrators wer
GRAND FORKS — A meeting to discuss a resolution of no-confidence for University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley and three administrators by the UND Student Senate has been postponed...
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—If Grand Forks Air Force Base is to be a top contender for an upcoming tanker mission, officials say it needs to keep an affiliation with the North Dakota Air National Guard in Fargo. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said the affiliation strengthens the base's bid to host the next round of KC-46A flying refueling tankers. "The way they do things now, because they operate jointly so much, is you need a Guard affiliation as an active duty base to be a leading candidate," he said of the U.S. Air Force and Air Guard.