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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When Mercy Peterson milled around a kitchen at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Crookston preparing for a dinner earlier this month, it was her second volunteer gig that day. The 78-year-old is known by friends and acquaintances as an always reliable and kind volunteer. "Whenever somebody needs her, she's there," said Margee Keller, Peterson's friend. Peterson, who spoke quickly and smiled often as she prepared for the VFW dinner, said she volunteers about 40 hours each week, as she is retired. She has given time to many causes, from assisted living homes to schools.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.
Although the Grand Forks Air Force Base has historically had a long-standing relationship with its namesake city and county, the three entities started working together this year to strengthen their partnerships in day-to-day operations. The Grand Forks Air Force Base Community Partnership Initiative is an effort to consolidate resources between the city of Grand Forks, Grand Forks County and the air base.
Downtown Grand Forks will have a pharmacy in 2015 if Third Street Clinic's plans pan out. Third Street Clinic, which connects low-income clients to affordable health care services, is planning a pharmacy in a building at the corner of Division Avenue and Fourth Street South, just down the road from the Third Street Clinic, which is on Fourth Street. The clinic is studying feasibility of the project, including a design for the space and plans for how the pharmacy will be connected to Third Street Clinic's partnering clinics, said Lynnell Simonson Popowski, executive director. Third Street Cl
Duane Hoffart is in the most independent living situation he can remember. Hoffart, who is in his 40s and on medication for serious mental illness, vaguely remembers living in "lots of different places to get well" before he settled at Stern Place Apartments, owned by Prairie Harvest Mental Health, in downtown Grand Forks. Living at Stern Place, Hoffart is able to hold down jobs as a custodian and dishwasher, and he can get help when needed from an on-site nurse. "I like this place," he said.
The secret Santas of retail were back at Kmart in Grand Forks this year. Steve Gackle, general store manager, said Kmart saw about 50 to 60 layaway purchases paid for by "layaway Santas" -- people who decided to pay for someone else's layaway items, usually anonymously. One person anonymously paid for about $3,000 worth of layaway gifts, Gackle said. "And the people who are recipients of it, it just warms their hearts," he said. While Kmart has a layaway policy year-round, use of that option peaks around Christmas as people are purchasing their holiday gifts. One recipient of a layaway Sa
A jury today found a Thief River Falls, Minn., soccer coach guilty on all counts of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman. Senen Guerrero Sr., 45, was charged with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree.
Russ Swagger likes to have dinner with his clients at Northlands Rescue Mission. He'll stay late at work to talk or watch movies with them, too. He wants to get to know them, he said. Five weeks into his new job as executive director of Northlands Rescue Mission, Swagger said he's found the Christian homeless shelter warm and welcoming. "There's a lot of diversity (at the Mission), but I think at the core of everything people want to not only do better for themselves, but for other people," he said. "The people here, they want to do something.
Q. One-way streets are designed for high-volume traffic. Why does Grand Forks continue to use them on extreme low-volume roads?
A black Labrador and her 10 puppies have received an outpouring of donations and support after their story of being found abandoned in freezing weather went public Thursday. "We've gotten lots of responses. It's amazing," said Kylie Hudzik, an animal care supervisor at the Circle of Friends Humane Society in Grand Forks, which is caring for the dog and puppies. The animals were found in a box next to a Dumpster in south Grand Forks at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.