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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Three adults and a 6-year-old died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to an improperly vented water heater, the Traill County Sheriff's Office said this morning. Four other people, including three young children, survived and were taken to a Fargo hospital.
Four people died in Blanchard, N.D., and another is in intensive medical care after a possible carbon monoxide leak, a family member told the Herald on Monday night. Billy Knutson, of Harwood, N.D., said his sister, Bonnie Fisher, was in intensive care at a Fargo hospital Monday night after the deaths of her boyfriend, son, daughter and grandson. All five lived in Fisher's boyfriend's house in Blanchard, Knutson said. Sanford Medical Center spokeswoman Margot Peterson said Fisher, 45, was in stable condition Monday night.
The city of Grand Forks has received more time to spend federal low-income housing funds being considered for developing the Thames Court land in west Grand Forks. The City Council's Finance/Development Committee recommended in April to request an extension from the state on spending the $430,000 in federal funds and was given a yearlong extension. If the extension had not been granted, the funds would have had to be spent in a month, which was not enough time for the Thames Court project. In April, the committee recommended using the funds to subsidize development of low-income housing at
Grand Forks City Council members scheduled a public hearing for a tax exemption to redevelop a "blighted" block into a new apartment building near downtown Monday. The apartments, planned by Dakota Commercial and Development Co., will be on University Avenue between North Eighth Street and North Ninth Street. Residential buildings there now are in need of repair, and at least one is uninhabitable.
Two more giant planters shaped like human heads appeared in downtown Grand Forks last week. The city-owned decorations join another identical planter, which has sat in front of City Hall the past year. The city purchased the three giant concrete heads in fall of 2013 from a Chicago nonprofit group. It cost $5,000 for the heads and $2,800 to ship them from Chicago.
Grand Forks housing officials are pursuing an apartment complex for chronically homeless people that could be under construction as early as 2017. The Grand Forks Housing Authority has commissioned a study to assess the needs of Grand Forks' homeless population, focusing on the proposed apartment complex, said Terry Hanson, GFHA executive director. The grant-funded study, which is expected to be completed by August or September, should include location possibilities and other specifics for the project, Hanson said. The apartment complex would use a "housing-first" model, which prioritizes p
A block labeled by city officials as potentially "blighted" may soon be redeveloped into a new four-story apartment building near downtown Grand Forks. Dakota Commercial and Development Co., has submitted a preliminary proposal to city planners for redeveloping property along University Avenue between North Eighth Street and North Ninth Street. The block contains about 30 residential units in nine buildings, all of which would be demolished for the about 92,000-square-foot redevelopment, according to a city staff report.
The average yearly price for a suite in the Alerus Center increased about $1,100 this year from last year, and prices will likely increase more, but the suites are full for the first time in years, a spokesperson said. Of the 14 suites in the upper level of the Alerus Center arena, 11 are rented through yearly contracts, said Lance Johnson, Alerus Center marketing manager. Two suites are leased as part of the city-owned event center's naming rights contract with Alerus Financial and its contract with UND.
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Members of a city-organized "vibrancy initiative" are traveling to Winnipeg Thursday and Friday for inspiration on how to improve Grand Forks. The Community Vibrancy Initiative, which started earlier this year, consists of three committees each focused on improving one of these areas: local arts and events, downtown development, and the relationship between the city and UND. The initiative was sparked by a consulting report about Grand Forks presented by Jim August, former CEO of The Forks North Portage Partne