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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Shar Holmen has mixed feelings about living near South 42nd Street—one of the Grand Forks' most rapidly developing corridors.
DEVILS LAKE—The driver in a fatal boat crash on Devils Lake earlier this month has been charged with four felonies, including manslaughter. Tom Burns, 54, of Grand Forks was driving the boat that struck a tree sticking out of the lake at about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 9. April Stenger, 26, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
More than 40 power outages scattered throughout Grand Forks have affected almost 2,700 customers, according to Xcel Energy's website. Xcel Energy spokeswoman Judi Paukert said crews are investigating the problem, but they still aren't sure of the cause.
Several towns in the Grand Forks region saw between 2 and 4 inches of rain this past weekend, with the highest total creeping past 7 inches in Grafton, N.D., according to the National Weather Service. In Grand Forks, the heaviest rainfall happened between about 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple announcing Monday that he will not run for re-election next year drew a range of reactions from local state legislators and other leaders. Several Grand Forks leaders said they were surprised by Dalrymple's announcement. Both Republican and Democratic legislators said they'll miss the Republican governor, who has served more than five years in his current position and more than 30 years as a politician in North Dakota. "I think it surprised members of both parties in North Dakota," said Senate Minority Leader Mac Schneider, D-Grand Forks. "I think Gov.
The intersection on U.S. Highway 2 leading to the Grand Forks International Airport is considered the most dangerous rural intersection in eastern North Dakota. Local leaders want to fix this—but they disagree on how. "We've got to have a plan," City Council member Terry Bjerke said recently at a council Service/Safety Committee meeting. "We've got to do something.
Though local leaders have identified a housing shortage, Grand Forks hasn't seen many affordable housing projects through the state Housing Incentive Fund. The University Flats apartment building planned along University Avenue between North Eighth Street and North Ninth Street recently received a $2.8 million loan from the state fund to provide 37 income-based units, according to a Grand Forks city staff report. That project is the second Grand Forks affordable housing project to apply for money from the Housing Incentive Fund since the fund was created in 2011.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics. Q. Why do the stoplights at the Washington Street and DeMers Avenue intersection keep fading or burning out? It's mostly the left-turn signals. A. It might not be that the stoplight is burnt out—you may just be looking at it from the wrong direction. City Traffic Engineer Jane Williams said, "The signal heads are programmed to only be viewed when you are in the lane with the signal head.
Grand Forks residents may not see an increase in city property taxes next year. Mayor Mike Brown's preliminary 2016 budget includes a zero-mill increase, which was one of two options presented to the City Council Thursday.
A downtown street fair, which could draw as many as 30,000 guests, will come to Grand Forks in fall 2016. The Grand Forks Downtown Development Association announced Thursday it is sponsoring "a first-of-its-kind Downtown Street Fair" for Sept. 9-10, 2016. The fair will feature more than 200 artisans and vendors from across the country and Canada, said Sarah Horak, a DDA board member.