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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Showing his art in a downtown Grand Forks gallery for the first time Thursday, Anthony Kerzman said he hadn't been aware of the community's growing arts scene until recently. But now that he's started getting involved, he said, "It's really fun to be any part of it." And the 29-year-old UND student, who was surrounded by other artists and art patrons at Third Street Gallery's group show opening Thursday night, isn't the only one impressed by art in Grand Forks. A recent nationwide survey ranks Grand Forks County in its highest percentiles for arts vibrancy, and local arts leaders said it is
Officials from several North Dakota cities have testified against a state bill proposing changes to the way cities can charge property owners with special assessments. While the bill is intended to be a good deal for property owners, cities from across the state object to the proposed law in its original form, House Bill 1322, introduced Jan. 13, because they say it limits the ways cities can charge special assessments, making it more difficult to complete projects. Rep.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics. Q. Can someone take a look at the stoplights on the side streets off of North Washington Street? I'm often stuck waiting there to turn left on to North Washington Street or to cross, especially at University Avenue to get to UND. And many times, it seems like the traffic is slow enough on North Washington that the light should just turn green for me to cross. A. If the light appears broken, you should report it to the city.
Each year, United Way dollars go toward Grand Forks area food pantries, books for children and more -- but this year, those dollars will probably provide less. The Grand Forks area United Way is seeing a decrease in donations of almost $50,000 this year compared with last year, while at the same time, the organization's requests for funding have increased more than $80,000 from last year. "Unfortunately, what this results in is less money to grant out, and that's hard on everyone around," said Pat Berger, president and CEO of the local United Way. United Way takes applications from several
A downtown Grand Forks parking committee reviewed numerous recommendations Thursday, including possible changes to the number of spots required for downtown tenants and businesses. The committee also reviewed time limit changes and a proposed school parking lot. The 17 recommendations reviewed by the Downtown Parking Study Review Committee -- which includes city and school district representatives and downtown residents -- came from a 2011 city study of downtown parking. The committee was formed to review the study last year after a planned school district parking lot project near downtown
A Grand Forks City Council member will likely be able to expand parking at an apartment complex he owns after a city Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday. The planning commission recommended approval of council member Doug Christensen's request to follow the city's current park dedication process with his apartment complex, owned under the name South Developments, at 3011 S.
Carisa Hoveland, of East Grand Forks, is in the process of adopting a child out of foster care -- but she struggles with the fact that the adoption will only help one child. "We can only adopt one, but there are so many kids that need us," she said. So Hoveland started an online fundraiser last week to help children in the foster care system by collecting duffel bags for them to pack their belongings in when they switch homes. "If we can give them a bag, it seems so small, but it can be so helpful to them," Hoveland said. Children in foster care, most of whom have suffered abuse or neglect
After about 15 people stood up simultaneously during a Grand Forks Park Board meeting Tuesday and told the board they support tobacco-free parks, most board members remained uncertain about banning tobacco use. "A general issue is, does the Park Board want to keep in fidelity with its mission to promote a healthy lifestyle?" said Jim Whitehead, a representative of the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Grand Forks, to the board. A ban on all tobacco use, both smoking and chewing, has been discussed by the Park Board for about two years.
Grand Forks City Council approved a liquor license Monday for a downtown wine bar. Helix wine bar will be located at 110 N. Third St., according to the liquor license application submitted by Mike Schepp, a former associate athletic director at UND. That space used to house Downtown Crush. Helix, which will have a capacity of about 20 people, will serve a lot of wines that are otherwise not available in the area, Schepp told the Herald last month. "It'll be very cozy," he said.
Minnkota Power Cooperative, Inc., based in Grand Forks, has offered $2.25 million for a city-owned lot on 32nd Avenue South to build a new headquarters. The city's Growth Fund Committee granted preliminary approval Monday for selling the 70-acre lot, located west of Interstate 29, to Minnkota. The recommended sale will go to the city's Jobs Development Authority on Feb. 17 for final approval. Minnkota's early plans for 5301 32nd Ave. S.