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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Eirik Horverak knew his great-grandfather had immigrated to the Grand Forks area in the early 1900s, but the Norwegian man didn’t expect to find any trace of his ancestors while...
A Grand Forks City Council committee will discuss two proposals Tuesday for parking at Central High School downtown, as the city has an alternate plan to the school district's request for a gravel parking lot. The two proposals come after a months-long discussion between the city and Grand Forks Public School District about how to best provide Central High parking downtown, with much of that discussion centered on a proposed school parking lot at North Fifth Street and University Avenue. But the City Council and School Board have proposed different plans. According to a city staff report, t
Grand Forks residents may face a proposal for a half-cent sales tax as early as 2017 if the city pursues several major infrastructure projects. City Finance Director Maureen Storstad informally introduced the idea at a City Council work session last week, but council members were hesitant to support it, saying a sales tax should be "a last resort" after the city reviews other possible local funding sources. The half-cent sales tax would increase the city's current 1.75 percent sales tax rate to 2.25 percent, Storstad said.
A man faces a terrorizing charge after police surrounded a Grand Forks hotel for four hours Saturday. Daniel Wayne Tupa, 49, was arrested at about 2:30 p.m. at America’s Best...
Last fall, four Grand Forks City Council members and Mayor Mike Brown said they were supporters of a new public library downtown. That's according to meeting minutes from the Library Board's Building Committee. But Brown and some council members recently told the Herald that while they would not oppose a downtown library, they believe multiple proposed library sites have potential to serve the community well, and more research is needed before a decision is made. Two council members disagreed with the minutes, as they do not remember saying last fall they were "supporters" of the proposed d
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.
If the Red River Valley ever falls under extreme drought, a statewide project including the city of Grand Forks would provide help to transport water to the area. Grand Forks has spent about $343,000 over the past 10 years toward the Red River Valley Water Supply Project, a statewide effort to create provisions for bringing water from the Missouri River to the Red River Valley should the Red River dry up during a drought. As the project progresses, the city will end up putting more local dollars toward it — likely close to $27 million for final design and construction, City Administrat
North Valley Arts Council's board president resigned Tuesday, becoming the sixth person to leave the board this year. Bonnie Peterson was elected NoVAC's board president March 31.
A Grand Forks woman is being compensated by Goldmark Property Management for property damages after her story gained the attention of more than 1,000 people online Monday. Brittany Leigh Kleina posted a photo on Goldmark's Facebook page Sunday night, describing how her sister, Jerrica Thiel, came home to find another person's car in her rental garage at a Goldmark Columbia West building, and all of her items thrown into a nearby dumpster. Kleina alleged the car belonged to the brother of the building's caretaker, saying the brother had authorization from a Goldmark employee to park his car t
The city of Grand Forks will pursue a federal grant for an underpass at the intersection of 42nd Street and DeMers Avenue after a City Council vote Monday. The council approved a letter of commitment for $8 million in local funding if the city receives a $32 million federal grant for the project, which has been under discussion for years as a solution to traffic backups on 42nd Street.