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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A 35-foot-tall steel sculpture, roughly in the shape of an "A" with one end on private land and the other end on public land, could sit along South 42nd Street in Grand Forks. This idea was introduced Tuesday as the first illuminated sculpture on 42nd Street—a road that has sparked ideas for an arts corridor and citywide public arts plan in recent years. At a meeting with 42nd Street stakeholders, local leaders revealed early ideas for this first sculpture, which would sit in front of the strip mall at South 42nd Street and Garden View Drive. "It's out of the box," City Planner Brad G
The Grand Forks Public Arts Commission may be extending its timeline for a citywide public arts plan. The arts and culture plan has been in progress for months and was previously expected to be done by either December or January.
Alerus Center staff is taking inventory of every spot the Alerus Financial old logo appears in the city-owned events center. From the large exterior sign visible from Interstate 29 to tiny logos in the bathrooms, Alerus Financial's old logo appears hundreds of times, Alerus Center Executive Director Cheryl Swanson said. Alerus Financial recently launched a new logo which drops the semi-circle swoosh from the word "Alerus," changes the font of the word and adds bird wings through the "A." The new logo prompted the in-progress inventory of logos in the Alerus Center. Alerus Financial spokesw
The city of Grand Forks Growth Fund Committee recommended Monday awarding bids for a fit-up of a city-owned building that will house a social detox center. The $339,000 fit-up of 201 S.
Bright colors, lights and large sculptures are some early ideas in a draft of a citywide public art plan for Grand Forks. But the ideas in that draft will soon change, as the Grand Forks Public Arts Commission is still gathering information on what residents would like to see, PAC Executive Director Nicole Derenne said. "The process is continuing," she said.
Construction on the Sorlie Bridge is expected to start this week, causing traffic backups in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The $8 million project mostly consists of repainting the bridge, which is where DeMers Avenue crosses the Red River.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.
North Valley Arts Council's executive board discussed Wednesday whether the nonprofit is violating federal labor laws with its policy on compensation for events such as the upcoming Grand Cities Art Fest. NoVAC's policy states full-time employees are compensated one vacation hour for each hour worked more than 40 per week, Board Vice President Bryan Hoime said. This type of compensation is often used during NoVAC's events, such as Art Fest this weekend, which will require employees to work many more hours than 40 hours, he said. But upon seeing the policy, board member Carrie Longmire said
A Crookston man pleaded guilty to two attempted murder charges and six other charges Wednesday as part of a plea agreement. Michael Jon Perry, 23, was accused of shooting at police officers last September at a farm south of Crookston. According to an amended criminal complaint filed in Polk County District Court Tuesday, Perry faced 14 charges, including four counts of attempting to murder a peace officer in the first degree, four counts of attempting to assault a peace officer in the first degree and one felony count of intentional discharge of a firearm. The other charges were misdemeanor
A salary plan for the city of Grand Forks' 2016 budget shows a proposed 3.94 percent increase for city employees—the highest increase in 10 years. The proposed increase is exactly the calculated average of proposed 2016 salary adjustments in several cities across North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota, according to the city staff report presented to the City Council Monday. While the increase will adjust the amount-paid total to city employees, not every individual city employee is set to receive a pay raise in 2016, according to the report. Of the North Dakota cities listed in the