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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Officials still do not know the source of a mercury spill in Grand Forks last month, but the first people reportedly in contact with the substance were two children. The mercury spill was first reported by a 911 caller on June 4 at 926 N.
Grand Forks’ city bus routes will soon be available on Google Maps -- likely making the city the first in North Dakota with that feature. This means when people search online for directions in Grand Forks on Google Maps, they’ll see possible bus routes they can take, along with the driving and walking directions already available.
A Grand Forks City Council committee has recommended approval of hiring a local engineering firm to continue work on a wastewater treatment partnership with the city of East Grand Forks. The Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Wastewater Interconnect Project would have the city of Grand Forks providing wastewater treatment services to the city of East Grand Forks. The Grand Forks Council's Service/Safety Committee recommended Tuesday hiring Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services Inc.
With safety concerns surrounding increased rail traffic and Bakken crude oil, state and city officials are looking at Grand Forks for a possible new emergency response training center—the second of its kind in the U.S. Security and Emergency Response Training Center, known as SERTC, is a private training service that is part of the Association of American Railroads.
Grand Forks city officials are considering a decrease to next year's property tax rate. With the city's recent growth and rising property values, the value of a mill — the unit used to determine property tax — has increased 7.34 percent. Because this growth in value increases property taxes, City Finance Director Maureen Storstad proposed to City Council members Monday a 2.08 mill reduction to the tax rate. With the 2.08 mill reduction, someone with a $100,000 home would pay $400 in property taxes to the city next year, compared to $408.12 without the mill reduction. Those fig
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics. Q. Recently, I was driving on Columbia Road, and there was an ambulance coming toward me. I knew to pull over, but others on the road did not.
Anyone driving along Washington Street on the far south end of Grand Forks will see numerous construction vehicles and piles of dirt. A new gas station, a grocery store, updated sidewalks and an expansion of South Washington itself are among the projects planned or underway as Grand Forks' south end continues to grow. Beginning at South Washington Street and 40th Avenue South, next to Choice Health and Fitness, a Holiday Gas Station is under construction. Nearby, crews are digging a large ditch on land owned by the Grand Forks Park District, which owns Choice.
A Grand Forks man pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition Wednesday after having sex with a 14-year-old girl. Cody Lynn Dickerson, 19, pleaded guilty in Grand Forks District Court to two counts of gross sexual imposition, both class A felonies. Another criminal charge against Dickerson for violating a court order of no contact between himself and the victim was dismissed Wednesday. Dickerson was sentenced to 10 years in jail with seven years suspended and five years of probation for each charge, all of which will be served concurrently.
A Grand Forks man who testified as a witness in a recent murder trial pleaded guilty Wednesday to 10 criminal charges, including felonies related to drugs, theft and child endangerment. Jacob Leman Penn III pleaded guilty in Grand Forks District Court to possession of meth with intent to manufacture or deliver, a Class A felony; possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a Class B felony; two counts of theft of property, one count of illegal possession of firearm, two counts of child endangerment and one count of drug paraphernalia possession, all Class C felonies; and drug paraphernalia
A recent North Dakota Supreme Court ruling may affect the UND Police Department's involvement in regional task forces and other work with city police, a UND officer said Wednesday. The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday university police officers do not have the authority to make arrests off campus. The ruling reverses a Cass County District Court judgment which had upheld North Dakota State University Officer Ryan Haskell's right to arrest then-18-year-old Morgan Kroschel off campus last year for driving under the influence.