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The building at 1101 North 5th Street is one of seven the city of Grand Forks considers substandard. The City Council will consider demolishing or repairing them at their owners' expense. Photo by Kile Brewer/Grand Forks Herald

City demands that owners of substandard Grand Forks buildings repair them

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When Janelle Olson and her 83-year-old mother have visited Grand Forks in recent summers to check on family-owned property, they’ve found rotting groceries, empty alcohol bottles and homeless people living in the vacant buildings.


“It’s sad. My mother can’t stand to look at it like that,” said Olson, who lives in Mesa, Ariz.

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Charly Haley
Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Before working at the Herald, she was a reporter at the Jamestown Sun and interned at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, Detroit Lakes Newspapers and the St. Cloud Times. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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