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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The city of Grand Forks is considering creating a Diversity Commission to address discrimination, advocate for minority groups and celebrate diversity. The Mayor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Social Infrastructure will meet at 5:30 p.m.
Bailey Henke's mother knew her son experimented with drugs while attending high school in Grand Forks. She also knew he had friends who were heavier drug users. Marijuana, Molly, K2, meth. Laura Lilja Henke heard about these from her son, but she did not know drugs were a problem for him. "We talked about it a lot. We talked about what could happen and the consequences of it," she said. She was shocked Jan.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics. Q. I'd like to know what authority Border Patrol officers have as they...
The dropping price of oil has Grand Forks city officials worried about funding what they call the city's No. 1 need -- a new water treatment plant. State funding for the water treatment plant, requested by the city, comes out of the State Water Commission's budget, which is directly tied to the state's oil excise tax. "The funding is very, very tied to oil production and the price of oil," said City Council member Ken Vein. January was the first month the price of oil officially fell below $55 per barrel, said Sen.
A new survey says people nationwide are stressed about money, and local finance experts note Grand Forks residents are no exception. More than one in four Americans report feeling stressed over money most or all of the time, according to the American Psychological Association's annual survey, with 59 percent saying their financial stress is about the same as last year, while 29 percent say it's gotten worse. North Dakota's booming economy doesn't exempt its residents from feeling the harsh realities of financial stress, said Josh Huffman, program manager for financial resources at The Villag
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