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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Grand Forks City Council members recommended approval Tuesday of an updated plan including decorative lights on the Sorlie Bridge. The proposed lighting plan includes 96 aesthetic light fixtures that will provide lighting on the bridge's pedestrian walkway and 10 light fixtures to illuminate the DeMers Avenue across the bridge between Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The 96 aesthetic lights could be controlled to change colors for decorative purpose, according to a city staff report. The lighting project would happen in conjunction with bridge maintenance this summer, according to the repo
Grand Forks City Council members recommended approval Tuesday of early investment in a wastewater interconnect project with East Grand Forks, despite one council member's concerns about past project attempts. The council's Service/Safety Committee recommends spending about $5,000 on a preliminary study to provide East Grand Forks city officials with updated cost estimates for contracting with Grand Forks for wastewater service. The wastewater interconnect project was proposed in 2011.
A state bill opposed by many cities across North Dakota regarding special assessments has been amended into a possible study. The most updated version of House Bill 1322, passed by the House last week, states legislative staff should consider studying the use of special assessments, including how special assessment districts are created, how administrative costs are charged to special assessments and how excess revenue collected by special assessments is handled. The goal of the original bill -- which proposed restrictions in special assessment laws -- was to make sure property owners' speci
Grand Forks City Council members recommended approval of North Valley Arts Council's Arts Regranting Program plan Monday with little discussion. In its 2015 budget, the city allocated about $123,400 to arts regrant program funding, which NoVAC distributes to local arts organizations through an application process. This year's regrant allocation is a 3 percent increase from the 2014 amount, according to a city staff report.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics. Q. Since I live on the northwest side of town, I have to take 42nd Street to DeMers Avenue to get to appointments, shopping, etc. There's hardly a day that I don't have to make a detour once or twice due to a train crossing the tracks at 42nd and DeMers. These trains are long and sometimes stop while blocking the tracks. Do they have any kind of schedule of when the trains will be leaving the railyard so I could plan my trips? Or do they just head out whenever?
If the city accepts a business' offer to buy a 70-acre lot, it will close the door on a controversy from 15 years ago, when the city unsuccessfully tried to lure an Amazon.com expansion to Grand Forks. The city's Growth Fund Committee granted preliminary approval Feb. 2 to sell the lot, located west of Interstate 29 on 32nd Avenue South, to Minnkota Power Cooperative Inc. for $2.25 million. Minnkota has plans to build new headquarters at the site.
The city of Grand Forks' downtown parking committee will forward 17 recommendations to Grand Forks City Council, with members agreeing Thursday on all but one recommendation. The committee, which includes city and school officials and downtown residents, was formed last year to review a 2011 parking study after a planned school district parking lot project downtown raised concerns among city officials and downtown residents.
A change in Grand Forks city law approved Tuesday allows random drug testing on police officers, firefighters and 911 dispatchers. Grand Forks City Council approved the policy with little discussion. The city's law already prohibited all city employees from being intoxicated at work, but emergency personnel are addressed in this policy change because of their critical role in the public's safety, according to a city staff report. The city's fire chief, police chief and 911 call center director have expressed support of the random drug testing policy.
Agweek hosted a party Wednesday evening to celebrate expanding its agriculture magazine to TV. AgweekTV has aired six of its weekly 30-minute episodes so far, and AgWeek Editor Lisa Gibson said it's been a smooth process adding TV to Agweek's magazine and online operation. "It's just really exciting," she said. Both Gibson and the TV show's host, Shawna Olson, were happy to see many familiar faces attend the launch party at the Alerus Center. "It's just so great to see our clients, our farmers, people who watch the show," Olson said. The party was scheduled in conjunction with the Interna
After heated discussion between Grand Forks City Council and School Board members Tuesday, a close council vote preapproved a land zoning request to allow a school parking lot project near downtown. The rezoning request was first brought to the city last spring, as the school district is pursuing a parking lot for Central High School students at the corner of University Avenue and North Fifth Street, where two houses and the vacant Executive Corners office building are located. While the Executive Corners lot is already zoned for a parking lot, the two houses, which the school district purch