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 new music festival is planned to debut in Grand Forks this fall, featuring concerts at multiple venues with local and regional bands. The Big Forkin' Festival is set for Oct. 3, said organizer Nick Jensen, 33, of Grand Forks. Specific bands and most venues have not yet been decided, but the festival is planned for downtown. If there is enough interest, the festival could become a three-day event, Oct. 1-3, but for now there are only official plans for Oct. 3, Jensen said. The festival will feature local music from all genres—mostly bands from Grand Forks, Fargo or Winnipeg.
While Grand Forks' south end has grown rapidly in recent years, and the area is still growing, city planners expect that growth will eventually slow as other areas of the city develop. The way the city has infrastructure built now, it can provide services to development as far south as 62nd Avenue between Washington Street and Belmont Road and as far south as 47th Avenue between Interstate 29 and Columbia Road, said Ryan Brooks, deputy city planner. Once development reaches those southside boundaries, it likely will slow down, as new infrastructure will need to be built to continue expanding
North Valley Arts Council's executive board and staff continued preparing for Grand Cities Art Fest Monday, despite acknowledging frustration with recent press coverage. The June 13-14 festival in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will feature many artists and food vendors.
When Grand Forks City Council approved a downtown parking proposal Monday, several council members said it could resolve a year-long conflict between the city and school district. The proposal includes holding off on a proposed new Central High School parking lot, preparing a downtown parking report by March 2016, and having the city rent ground-level parking ramp spots to the school. "Let's move on," council member Doug Christensen said.
Q. Does the city have any law on how loud cars or motorcycles can be?
A public vote on a new Grand Forks Public Library will not happen this fall, contrary to previous reports, but work on a future library is still moving forward, Library Director Wendy Wendt said Wednesday. Wendt and the Grand Forks Public Library Board had been hoping for a vote this November, but city law states ballot language must be completed 90 days before a special election—so for a November vote, that would be by August, Wendt said. "That just feels too rushed," she said.
North Valley Arts Council's former board president recently resigned due to time constraints of other commitments, according to her resignation letter. Bonnie Peterson resigned May 19, becoming the sixth person to leave NoVAC's board of directors this year. "My other commitments are such that I am unable to fulfill the requirements of my position on the board," Peterson wrote in the letter obtained by the Herald through an open records request. "This is a strong and effective board that is moving forward successfully.
A Grand Forks City Council committee on Tuesday favored a city staff proposal for Central High School parking downtown—but concerns remain about whether this step will help resolve a year-long discussion between the city and school district. Though the plan differs from a school district proposal, Grand Forks Public School Board member Bill Palmiscno, the only board member at Tuesday's meeting, agreed with the committee's decision, adding he expects other School Board members will also support it. Still, City Council members voiced concerns about whether the full School Board, which ha
Eirik Horverak knew his great-grandfather had immigrated to the Grand Forks area in the early 1900s, but the Norwegian man didn’t expect to find any trace of his ancestors while living in The city years later. So when he spotted Bygland Road in East Grand Forks and recognized that it shared its name with a small village in Norway -- where his ancestors once lived -- he contacted his father about it.
A Grand Forks City Council committee will discuss two proposals Tuesday for parking at Central High School downtown, as the city has an alternate plan to the school district's request for a gravel parking lot. The two proposals come after a months-long discussion between the city and Grand Forks Public School District about how to best provide Central High parking downtown, with much of that discussion centered on a proposed school parking lot at North Fifth Street and University Avenue. But the City Council and School Board have proposed different plans. According to a city staff report, t