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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Capt. Mark Nelson was named the new police chief for the city of Grand Forks on Monday. Nelson, 50, has worked at the Grand Forks Police Department for 26 years. He was chosen from four finalists to replace former Chief John Packett, who retired March 1.
When Mayor Mike Brown announced his Blue Ribbon Commission on Social Infrastructure in February, he said the idea reflected his desire to see all citizens of Grand Forks move forward together as the city grows. Since then, the commission, which includes local nonprofit and government representatives, created a list of several priorities including: child care, senior citizens, inclusiveness, poverty and public awareness to community services. The group mostly has addressed the issue of child care and has researched some other topics.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.
The city of Grand Forks has spent a lot of money repairing 32nd Avenue South in recent years, but officials say it's not nearly enough to keep the road safe long-term. As the city's major commercial corridor, 32nd Avenue will require full reconstruction, making it a six-lane road, to become safe and efficient through the foreseeable future, said City Engineer Al Grasser. But the money for a full reconstruction is not available locally with the city's current funding structures, and federal dollars are not expected to become available until 2031, he said. The city spent about $692,000 on con
Skaters were finally able to hit the ice of the Icon Sports Center Thursday night during the arena's grand opening. The $13 million facility has two sheets of ice and is hosting its first tournament this weekend, starting today. "It's a tournament facility, and it's geared toward our youth hockey players," said Jay Panzer, president of the Grand Forks Park Board. Angela Kunz, who has four kids in youth hockey, watched her children skate during the grand opening. "We're very excited," she said.
After several Grand Forks Herald staff members tasted lutefisk for the first time last week -- and captured their evident distaste on video -- the Herald challenged two other regional newspapers to try the infamous traditional Norwegian dish. The challenge, issued through a video at www.gfherald.com , was for staff members at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and The Bemidji Pioneer to try the gelatinous, lye-soaked cod on video.
A 3-year-old girl diagnosed with congenital muscular dystrophy will be gifted a puppy as her dearest wish at Macy's in Grand Forks on Friday. Macy's Believe campaign and Make-A-Wish have teamed up to give Peyton a puppy, according to a news release, which did not identify the girl's last name. Peyton will be getting the puppy at 2:30 p.m.
The city of Grand Forks plans to push for a larger reimbursement by the Grand Forks Public School District for school resource officers, despite no changes to the contract proposed for this school year. The school resource officer contract proposed for the 2014-2015 school year has the district paying $50,000 for three officers, matching the contract historically held between the city and school district.
Grand Forks' Near Southside Neighborhood is no longer part of the city's urban neighborhood program. Near Southside became part of the Mayor's Urban Neighborhood Initiative, known as MUNI, in 2012. The city decided last week to remove the Near Southside Neighborhood from MUNI because of decreased interest from the neighborhood's residents and fewer needs, said Andrea Laraway, MUNI administrator and planner with the city. The Near North Neighborhood, which became part of MUNI when the program started in 2007, is still part of the program.
High costs, limited capacity and a growing population are among several factors driving child care needs in Grand Forks. These needs have been one focus of the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Social Infrastructure, which approved recommendations regarding child care Tuesday. The recommendations, which are tied to a report of the commission's research, address city and state policies, business involvement on the issue and raising awareness of child care options. "Policy makers need this kind of information to make good, informed decisions," said Bret Weber, co-chairman of the social infras