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ASK YOUR GOVERNMENT: Can pets be off a leash in Grand Forks?

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


Q. What are the rules for keeping pets on a leash? And are there any fines associated with this?

A. “Pets always have to be on a leash in the city unless it’s in a fenced yard or a dog park,” said Jean Youshefski, community service officer at the Grand Forks Police Department.

Consequences for violating this rule are $31 on the first offense and a mandatory court appearance on the second offense, she said. The maximum sentence in court could be $1,000 and 30 days in jail, she said.

“Normally I try to give a warning first,” Youshefski said, “but it depends on the situation.”

Q. How are the city’s street cleaning and snow removal rules supposed to be enforced? My neighbors always have their vehicles on the street, the city workers have to go around them and then the street area in front of our house is skipped for cleaning. We haven’t seen them ticketed and when we contact the city, we are told they don’t have the manpower to tow those cars.

A. The city of Grand Forks’ Street Department employees no longer ticket, but they work with the Police Department to enforce street maintenance rules, said Mark Aubol, streets superintendent.

“We are placing maintenance signs in problem areas and hope to have signs in all areas to be able to ticket and tow as needed for proper street maintenance,” he said.


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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