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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As a science writer whose primary audience is children, David Bjerklie pays extra close attention to the language in his articles. Science is complicated, but that doesn't mean writing about it for children needs to be simplistic, Bjerklie told an audience in the Herald's community room Tuesday during the 21st Jack Hagerty Lecture on Contemporary Media Issues. Bjerklie, a UND graduate who grew up in Minot, has worked for Time Magazine since 1984, mainly writing science articles in Time for Kids. The Hagerty Lecture was endowed by the Herald to honor its longtime editor Jack Hagerty. During
The Alerus Center is paying about $30,000 this year toward reducing its debt to the city of Grand Forks. It is the second annual payment in the city-owned event center's plan to repay an about $900,550 debt. The debt collected because the city covers the Alerus Center's deficit, which happened between 2008 and 2011, according to Herald archives. Last year's payment was about $66,000, bringing the debt down from about $1 million.
Questions about a Canadian contribution to a Grand Forks state legislator's campaign have prompted the North Dakota Secretary of State's office to review how federal election laws apply to state candidates. Sen.
As city leaders move forward with a social detox center in downtown Grand Forks -- despite a recent lack of county support -- county leaders say they want more information. The center -- a place where people who are heavily intoxicated but not committing a crime and not in need of medical attention could sober up safely -- failed to gain support from the Grand Forks County Commission Tuesday after no commissioner seconded Commissioner Cynthia Pic's motion to vote in support of the project. Both city and county leaders say they don't believe that decision is final if more information can be p
Jace Erickson remembers finding a box of empty liquor bottles among his sister's belongings while helping her move between homes a few years ago near St.
North Valley Arts Council's board of directors fired its interim executive director Wednesday after reported conflicts and his failure to boost fundraising, a board member said. Gary Edwards, a semi-retired Grand Forks businessman, was hired on a part-time, volunteer basis in October to temporarily replace NoVAC's former executive director, Rep.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.
Natasha Thomas mentioned to Grand Forks' social infrastructure commission Thursday two fairly recent examples of Grand Forks' need for a diversity commission in local government: Red River High School students wearing Ku Klux Klan robes during a hockey game in 2013, and UND students wearing T-shirts last year depicting an American Indian head and beer bong with the words "Siouxper drunk." But while those are two publicized examples, discrimination happens more often in less obvious ways, partly because people don't always fully understand the community's challenges and needs regarding divers
As springtime approaches, annually annoying potholes have started to pop up on the roads. Street crews in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have already started to remedy the problem with the help of this year's unusually early warm weather, city officials said. As the ground beneath a street thaws each year, it shifts the road's surface, creating potholes. Despite warmer temperatures this year, Jason Stordahl, director of public works in East Grand Forks, called it "just an average year" for potholes. Grand Forks Streets Superintendent Mark Aubol agreed, saying despite this winter's lack o
As the weather warms up, more people looking for a new home will make their moves, despite Grand Forks' ongoing housing shortage. But area housing options have slightly improved between this year and last year, especially for renters, local housing experts and officials say. "I still think we have a shortage at every price point (for home ownership)," City Council President Dana Sande said. "But for rental housing ...