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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Finding an apartment in the Grand Forks area has become a little easier, based on most recent local apartment vacancy rates. The vacancy rate was 5.47 percent in February for privately owned rental housing, up from 4.41 percent last February, according to a twice-annual survey by the Greater Grand Forks Apartment Association. The increase in vacancies puts Grand Forks at the bottom end of what local housing experts have said is a "healthy" vacancy rate—5 to 7 percent. This will likely stabilize the area's recent rent increases, and it may slow development of rental housing, experts sa
Although Grand Forks' housing market has proved favorable for sellers -- with some homes selling within days, or even hours, in the past year -- local real estate agents say it's still helpful to fix up a house before listing it for sale. It's not necessary to empty your wallet before selling your home, but a few small remodeling projects can improve your house's value and its appeal to potential buyers, said Larry Hondl, real estate agent with Oxford Realty in Grand Forks. A check of the multiple listing service, or MLS, on Thursday showed 105 homes on the market in Grand Forks and 16 for s
A change to city law that would allow more flexible redevelopment in Grand Forks received support from the city's Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday. The commission recommended amending an ordinance to allow existing developed property to be redeveloped as a planned unit development district, or PUD, which allows for more flexible land zoning, City Planner Brad Gengler said. Under current law, PUDs are limited to 20-acre lots, with the exception of lots with unusual physical features not compatible with conventional zoning and lots adjacent to areas already developed as PUDs.
Mayor Mike Brown called for the residents of Grand Forks to "embrace the edge" this year at his annual State of the City address Thursday afternoon. Amid discussing the city's many projects and initiatives from the past year and introducing a five-year plan for community improvement, Brown described a sense of entrepreneurship. "Be your own spark in this growing entrepreneurial spirit," he said. The mayor praised Grand Forks' growth and energy, but he said, "We can do more." Brown's plan, which he called the GF2020 Action Plan, includes the following goals: continuing to update the city's
A federal prisoner who escaped from jail in Devils Lake earlier this month and the jailer who allegedly helped him escape were both arrested in North Bend, Ore., Wednesday. At about 2:40 p.m., Wesley E. Brown III, the escaped prisoner, and Rachel Marie Chepulis, the Devils Lake correctional officer, were arrested by Deputy U.S. Marshals in North Bend, 19 days after Brown first escaped, according to a U.S.
North Valley Arts Council's board of directors elected its executive officers Tuesday. Bonnie Peterson was elected as president, Bryan Hoime as vice president, George Kelley as secretary and Kathleen Darling as treasurer. All were elected unanimously, and all are at-large members except Hoime, who represents the North Dakota Museum of Art on the board as a museum volunteer. NoVAC's executive board normally also has a past-president, for a total of five members, but Hoime said Tuesday that past-president Cindy Edwards "has no desire at this point to participate." On March 20, two days after
After more than two hours of discussion and a split vote among board members Monday night, the Grand Forks Public School Board tabled a controversial Central High School parking lot...
Grand Forks city planners are proposing a small change to city law that could provide more flexibility to developers looking to redevelop existing lots. The move was prompted by requested rezoning for redeveloping Simonson Lumber and Hardware on North Third Street into townhouses. That proposed project will include 24 attached townhome units, according to a city staff report. At the city Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Wednesday, city planners will propose an amendment to the city's planned unit development district, or PUD, ordinance, allowing sites of existing developed property pr
The end of winter means the start of road construction in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. As drivers watch out for orange cones and detours this summer, they can note three major projects planned in the city of Grand Forks, according to city engineers: