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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As North Dakota's legislative session nears its end, it appears Grand Forks will receive $30 million for a new water treatment plant—less money than the city expected—leaving some city leaders frustrated while others are still hopeful, they said. A $30 million grant for the $130 million water treatment plant was added into a legislative bill by the state House of Representatives Wednesday, mirroring an amount the Senate recommended in December, though the Senate's recommendation was half grants and half loans, said City Council member Ken Vein, who sits on the city's Legislative C
North Valley Arts Council's board of directors approved adjustments to past meeting minutes Wednesday, preparing those minutes for an open records request from the Herald. The departures of two NoVAC executive directors the past year with little explanation prompted the Herald to file an open records request with NoVAC March 25, asking for minutes from board meetings dating back to November 2014 and other materials. All requested records were provided to the Herald by last week except minutes from November through February. NoVAC's board voted April 7 to withhold those minutes one more week
Members of the Grand Forks Public Library Board had few questions about a report of proposed locations for a new library when it was presented Wednesday, but they hope to have a final location chosen this fall, possibly in time for a public vote. The report, a product of the Library Board Building Committee's work last fall, lists the following five possible locations: • Downtown, at the corner of South Fifth Street and DeMers Avenue where Alerus Financial and a Central High School faculty parking lot sits. • South end, on the corner of South Washington Street and 44th Avenue South on a lot
A Grand Forks City Council committee discussed a noise violation by Altru Health System Tuesday after Altru requested a variance of two decibels so its clinic can be in compliance with city law. The Grand Forks Public Health Department first investigated a noise emitted from boiler systems at Altru Specialty Center, 4500 S.
The Grand Forks Police Department is a step closer to its desired expansion—eventually adding 10 officers—after a City Council committee recommended Tuesday hiring one new officer this year. The new...
After years of tentative planning, a future site for the Grand Forks Public Library should be decided by this fall, following discussion of a report that ranks five potential sites, city and library officials said. A draft of a library site selection recommendation report, to be presented to the Grand Forks Public Library Board on Wednesday, lists five possible library locations: • Downtown, at the corner of South Fifth Street and DeMers Avenue where Alerus Financial and a Central High School faculty parking lot sits. • South end, on the corner of South Washington Street and 44th Avenue Sou
About 1,500 people are affected by a power outage near South Columbia Road and 17th Avenue South in Grand Forks. Xcel Energy's online power outage map indicates work is in progress, and power is expected to be restored about 8:25 p.m. The power went out about 6:25 p.m. The website does not list a cause of the power outage.
Property values in Grand Forks increased about 7.5 percent as a whole from last year to this year, mostly due to new construction, City Assessor Paul Houdek said. That increase—from a total value of $3.8 billion in 2014 to $4.1 billion this year—isn't record-breaking like last year's 11 percent increase, but it's still higher than most recent years, showing a continued trend of city growth, according to city assessing data.
While the man camps in the Oil Patch are just 330 miles west of Grand Forks, they seem like part of a different world to many people in eastern North Dakota. But with 2,000 workers expected in Grand Forks for construction on the planned $1.85 billion Northern Plains Nitrogen fertilizer plant, the need for some sort of temporary labor housing—commonly called man camps or crew camps—in Grand Forks is likely, city officials say. "There will be some void (for housing) that we're going to have to fill," City Administrator Todd Feland said. NPN's peak construction period, which will r
The city of Grand Forks hesitated to release funds to North Valley Arts Council this year due to concerns surrounding the nonprofit's ability to manage the annual city-funded Arts Re-Grant Program, a city official said. After Grand Forks City Council approved on March 2 NoVAC's recommendations for distributing about $104,900 of city funding through the re-grant program, the city heard concerns from "reliable sources" that city staff felt were necessary to address before releasing the funding, said Meredith Richards, deputy director of the city's Planning and Community Development Department.