Charly Haley covers city government for the Grand Forks Herald. As night reporter, she also has many general assignments. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn.
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A Grand Forks City Council committee recommended changes to the city's laws on public libraries Monday. The recommended ordinance expands the library board from five to seven members, to include a member of the Grand Forks County Commission. It will also require a City Council member to sit on the board, although a council member has historically been appointed to the board without that requirement. With seven members, the Library Board could not own the library by state law, City Attorney Howard Swanson said. The new ordinance states the City Council may purchase, build or lease the publi
A citywide public arts plan presented to a Grand Forks City Council committee Monday focused too much on South 42nd Street, council members said. Members of the council's Finance/Development Committee recommended approval of the arts plan, presented by the Grand Forks Public Arts Commission, on the condition the plan is changed to better encompass the entire city, with less focus on an arts corridor at South 42nd Street. "Part of the reason the city is putting up half of the money for this is to make sure it's citywide," council member Bret Weber said. PAC has been developing as a nonprofit
It isn't often a Grand Forks venue books a big-name concert like Eric Church -- the country musician who just announced an early April tour date here — but managers of the city's two largest venues say they work year round to bring in major concerts. Several factors contribute to whether a musician will play a show in Grand Forks, including the city's population and scheduling between artists and venues, said Cheryl Swanson, executive director of the Alerus Center. Church's April 7 show at the Ralph Engelstad Arena is the first major concert announced for Grand Forks in 2015. "Eric Ch
The future Grand Forks Public Library could include a small music studio, citywide wireless Internet, a stage and more. Brian Schill, chairman of the Library Board, said the board envisions those features as part of "a 21st century library experience." "If there's a new building, and of course we hope there is, we hope it will be an interactive facility," he said. This could include a stage for people to perform plays, a music studio with ProTools recording software, space for people to write, a 3D printer and more, Schill said.
While almost every North Dakota airport saw an increase of passengers in 2014, the Grand Forks International Airport did not. But local and state officials aren't worried about the Grand Forks airport's growth, despite its about 2 percent decrease in plane boardings the past year. Patrick Dame, the Grand Forks airport's executive director, attributes the decrease to the airport's loss of United Airlines in December 2013. "When you pull a number of seats out of the market, it tends to have an impact," he said. United, which started offering direct flights between Grand Forks and Denver in O
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.
The difference between an unpredictable high and a deadly overdose lies in a few grains of powder with a drug new to North Dakota and under investigation by Grand Forks police. Powdered fentanyl was linked to the recent death of 18-year-old Bailey Henke in Grand Forks, and it's suspected in several other local overdose cases, prompting police to warn the public about the dangerous, unpredictable opiate. Police in North Dakota's two largest cities are unfamiliar with powdered fentanyl, but they say the drug's presence in Grand Forks is likely part of a recent rise in opiate drug abuse statewi
Grand Forks City Council voted Monday in favor of construction bids for the new southeast fire station totaling about $2.8 million. The city originally budgeted $2.4 million for the southeast fire station. Construction will begin this spring. The station will improve emergency response service to the city's rapidly growing south end, city officials say. The higher-than-budgeted $2.8 million cost approved Monday comes from the addition of a fuel depot to the project. The fire station is slated to be finished in spring of 2016 and will be located at 1002 47th Ave. S.
Police are investigating a suspected drug overdose that resulted in the death of an 18-year-old man in Grand Forks Saturday, police said. Bailey Henke was found unresponsive by officers at about 12:15 p.m.
On a map, it looks convenient. Located at 212 S. Fourth St., Valley Community Health Centers is on the same block as several other nonprofits, including Northlands Rescue Mission ,...