Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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If historical preservation authorities approve, the Sorlie Bridge could be adorned with new, color-changing lights after construction of the bridge this summer. The Sorlie Bridge, which connects downtown Grand Forks to downtown East Grand Forks over the Red River, is due for a maintenance project this summer, including a new paint job, minimal repairs and updated lighting. This may include new aesthetic lighting that could change colors, Assistant City Engineer Mark Walker told the Grand Forks City Council Service/Safety Committee Tuesday. The city has discussed these lighting options with
Grand Forks City Council members disagreed on how much the city should examine North Valley Arts Council's finances as the organization presented its annual report Monday. NoVAC struggled financially in 2014, largely as a result of stormy weather canceling one day of Grand Cities Arts Fest, which cut deeply into the organization's annual revenue, NoVAC board member Dana Harsell told the council's Finance/Development Committee. NoVAC also stretched its finances in pursuit of a downtown Arts Creation Center, Harsell said. Amid these financial struggles, state Rep.
As the Grand Forks Fire Department works to hire 12 new firefighters, officials expect recruitment challenges amid a growing need for firefighters across North Dakota. About 80 new firefighters are expected to be hired in North Dakota by next year, said Grand Forks Fire Chief Peter O'Neill. It's likely a result of the state's economic boom. "This is a big reality of North Dakota," said Renee Loh, executive director of the North Dakota Firefighter's Association.
Tyler Auck remembers lying next to a dumpster in Boulder, Colo., limp and lifeless, waiting to die. His friends had dragged his body there after he overdosed on cocaine and heroin, afraid of legal consequences if they brought him to a hospital.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.
Grand Forks City Council approved plans Tuesday for construction this summer on South Columbia Road from 36th Avenue to 40th Avenue -- including fixing an intersection ranked in the state's top 50 most dangerous. It is anticipated that stretch of Columbia Road will be closed from the beginning of June to Aug.
A revised version of a public arts plan that was criticized by Grand Forks City Council members last week was approved by the full council Tuesday with little discussion. Council members had concerns about the original public arts plan presented by the Grand Forks Public Arts Commission last week because it focused too much on 42nd Street South, they said, when the council had wanted a citywide arts plan. The revised version of the plan presented Tuesday removed specific references to 42nd Street South, and did not contain references to any specific areas of the city, but maintained the orig
Efforts to shape the future of the Grand Forks Public Library have revealed an unresolved detail from the past — the library's owner. The library at 2110 Library Circle has an "unmarketable title" — a legal term meaning the ownership of the property is unclear on the property title, City Attorney Howard Swanson said . The title lists Grand Forks Public Library Association as the property's owner, according to the Grand Forks County Recorder's Office. But neither Swanson nor Library Director Wendy Wendt are familiar with what the Grand Forks Public Library Association is or was.
This year is the first in more than two decades the Grand Forks City Assessor's Office hired a new employee. The office's last new employee was hired in 1980 -- when there were 4,000 fewer homes and 700 fewer commercial properties in Grand Forks. And since then, the city's total taxable value has risen from $41 million to $180 million. Much of that growth has been recently -- with building construction projects' total value exceeding $200 million in 2014, compared to just $82 million in 2010. As Grand Forks grows, the number of city government workers has to grow too, city officials said.
John Hanson envisions a 6-foot-tall, 40-foot-wide black granite wall engraved with a timeline depicting military history and contributions of Grand Forks area veterans from the Revolutionary War to present day. The wall -- a monument -- would be surrounded by American flags and five tall obelisks, also made of black granite, to symbolize the five branches of the military. "It's art, it's educational, and it's a memorial for veterans," said Hanson, commander of the Grand Forks Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He and other area veterans have been working to establish a veterans' memorial park i