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ASK YOUR GOVERNMENT: Who fixes the Sorlie Bridge lights?

Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.

Q. Who is in charge of maintaining the lights on the Sorlie Bridge? Why are they not always working?

A. The half of the bridge closest to the Grand Forks side is maintained by the city of Grand Forks, and the other half is taken care of by the city of East Grand Forks.

Scott Gravseth, water and light distribution superintendent for East Grand Forks, said the lights on the Sorlie Bridge are “high maintenance,” but his department “has recently done a lot of work on them.”

Grand Forks crews worked on the Sorlie Bridge Aug. 25, said Rick Hanson, city electrician.

Hanson encouraged anyone who sees a light not working on the bridge to report it to the city of Grand Forks by either calling 311 or using the GF311 function at

The city will respond to lights out on the Grand Forks side, and will inform East Grand Forks if the light is on the east side of the bridge, Hanson said.

Q. Can the city get rid of the Greenway maps online that aren’t up-to-date? It’s confusing to find some maps that say parts of the trails are under construction when they are not. The Greenway website is up-to-date, but visitors coming to Grand Forks may not be able to find that right away. When I was searching online, I first found an old map.

A. When I searched online, I found some different maps, but I couldn’t immediately find one that showed the Greenway under construction.

I posed your question to City Spokesman John Bernstrom anyway, though, to see if he could help.

Bernstrom said he also could not find the old map you asked about, but added, “We do understand that some things can fall through the cracks.”

As the city is working on improving its online presence, Bernstrom said any public input is welcomed, and residents should call 311 with their comments or questions. Maybe if you call 311 and direct them to the old map online, they could try to address it.

For the most accurate online information about the Greenway, including an updated map, visit


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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