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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A public vote on a new Grand Forks Public Library will not happen this fall, contrary to previous reports, but work on a future library is still moving forward, Library Director Wendy Wendt said Wednesday. Wendt and the Grand Forks Public Library Board had been hoping for a vote this November, but city law states ballot language must be completed 90 days before a special election—so for a November vote, that would be by August, Wendt said. "That just feels too rushed," she said.
North Valley Arts Council's former board president recently resigned due to time constraints of other commitments, according to her resignation letter. Bonnie Peterson resigned May 19, becoming the sixth person to leave NoVAC's board of directors this year. "My other commitments are such that I am unable to fulfill the requirements of my position on the board," Peterson wrote in the letter obtained by the Herald through an open records request. "This is a strong and effective board that is moving forward successfully.
A Grand Forks City Council committee on Tuesday favored a city staff proposal for Central High School parking downtown—but concerns remain about whether this step will help resolve a year-long discussion between the city and school district. Though the plan differs from a school district proposal, Grand Forks Public School Board member Bill Palmiscno, the only board member at Tuesday's meeting, agreed with the committee's decision, adding he expects other School Board members will also support it. Still, City Council members voiced concerns about whether the full School Board, which ha
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.