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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It could be a while before Grand Forks decides whether to replace the traffic signals at Belmont Road and Fourth Avenue South. After a car knocked over a traffic light in July, the intersection has operated with temporary stop signs—and the city's not sure yet whether it will replace the traffic signals or add permanent stop signs. The traffic signal that was knocked over was not up to city code, but it had been grandfathered in, as it was installed before the codes changed, said Peter Steele of the city's Public Information Office.
The Grand Forks Board of Health has given the owner of a yard overflowing with junk 15 days to clean it up. The board’s decision came after a public hearing Tuesday, during which several of Donald Masse’s neighbors testified about the piles of garbage overflowing from the yard at 610 S. Ninth St.
Grand Forks City Council gave early approval Monday to rezoning land near Columbia Mall for multi-family housing. "I think it's great that it's going to get developed. I think it's a prime opportunity," City Council President Dana Sande said. The 15-acre L-shaped lot, adjacent to the mall's northwest corner, is owned by GK Development Inc., which also owns the mall, according to a city staff report.
The Grand Forks International Airport has received $1 million in federal funds for upgrading its runway lighting. "It's very good news to get funding for that project," Airport Executive Director Patrick Dame said. The $1 million will go toward upgrading lighting at the airport's smaller runway, which is for general aviation, not major airline carriers, Dame said. The lighting on the general aviation runway is more than 30 years old.
North Valley Arts Council's board of directors discussed the nonprofit's future strategy and goals while meeting with a regional arts consultant Monday. Sharon Rodning Bash, a program director for ArtsLab, a subset of Minneapolis-based nonprofit Arts Midwest, visited with NoVAC's board in Grand Forks.
Though the city of Grand Forks has addressed multiple nuisance properties in court recently, two of North Dakota's other major cities haven't brought a property owner to court over nuisances in at least five years.
Hundreds of complaints submitted to the city of Grand Forks within the past 12 months reveal residents' frustrations with overgrown lawns, messy yards and other nuisances. "A mountain of accumulated junk, trash, rubbish and garbage on the sidewalk ..." "Extremely long grass and mice in the area ..." "So much garbage piled ...
Farmers and gardeners growing extra fruits and vegetables this summer may want to consider donating some to local food pantries.
Two volunteer firefighters from Devils Lake are traveling to Pueblo, Colo., Sunday for a week of emergency response training, including preparing for an oil train derailment. But most of North Dakota's firefighters—more than 90 percent of whom are volunteers—can't take time from their day jobs for a week of training at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center in Pueblo. And with nationwide safety concerns surrounding increased rail traffic and Bakken crude oil, officials say the type of specialized emergency response training only offered at SERTC in Pueblo is becoming more an
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