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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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
Two U.S. government officials visited with local leaders at Valley Community Health Centers in Grand Forks Friday. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, discussed the importance of health care access, exemplifying the income-based health care clinic at Valley Community Health, which opened last year. The Health Resources and Services Administration is an agency of the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration. "Every person who has been a part of this really has been my hero," Heitkamp said.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.
Three East Grand Forks women were charged with murder this week in connection to a fatal drug overdose of a 26-year-old woman last October. At 11:40 a.m. Oct. 4, East...
Surrounded by people in the Empire Arts Center lobby Thursday evening, Amy Sanner said she felt overwhelmed and uplifted. The Empire hosted an "Old-fashioned Variety Show and Silent Auction" to benefit Brad Sanner's family, as he has been diagnosed with multiple medical conditions and is currently in cancer treatment. "Everybody's been so kind and gracious," said Amy, Brad's wife, as she waited for him to arrive at the event. Sanner, 52, of Grand Forks, has battled medical problems including kidney failure, congestive heart failure and cancerous lymph nodes since 1997. Most recently, he's
An 18-year-old East Grand Forks man was injured in a snowmobile accident on the shore of the Red River Wednesday night. The Grand Forks Fire Department responded at about 4:45...