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 Grand Forks Planning and Zoning Commission voted Wednesday to identify a block proposed for redevelopment near downtown as "slum and blight." Identifying the area—along University Avenue between North Eighth Street and North Ninth Street—as "slum and blight" is necessary by law for Dakota Commercial and Development Co.
A short-lived storm caused street flooding and minor crop damage Wednesday evening in Grafton, N.D., according to the National Weather Service. Rain and hail started about 5:30 p.m. near Grafton and lasted about an hour or less, said Bill Barrett, an NWS meteorologist at the Grand Forks office. NWS received reports of nickel-sized hail, street flooding and backyard flooding in Grafton.
The Grand Forks Park Board voted Tuesday to officially name a lot in south Grand Forks as Veterans' Memorial Park. Veterans park supporters will break ground today on the lot at 24th Avenue South and South 34th Street, adjacent to Columbia Mall. "They're excited about it, they really are," Park District Executive Director Bill Palmiscno told the board Tuesday. The groundbreaking at 5:30 p.m.
More than half of Grand Forks' 20 highest-paid public employees are school officials, with city and county employees filling in the rest of a list of top salaries this year. Grand Forks Public Schools Superintendent Larry Nybladh was the highest-paid local public official in Grand Forks, with a salary of $217,413 for the 2014-15 school year. Assistant Superintendent Jody Thompson's salary was second-highest, at $161,430, and Grand Forks City Administrator Todd Feland was No.
While approving a tax exemption for a local business Monday, Grand Forks City Council also approved requiring annual reporting of the results of all similar exemptions in the future. Last month, while the council's Finance/Development Committee discussed a tax exemption for LM Wind Power's expanding business — which was approved Monday — council members questioned why the city does not track the results of any tax exemptions for new or expanding businesses. Applications for the tax exemptions require businesses to list the number of jobs created and revenue expected from the proj
When construction sites are not properly maintained, it can result in muddy streets and dirt in the storm sewers—a problem city officials say has worsened with increased construction in Grand Forks. This year, the city hired a new employee to inspect construction sites for compliance with the contractors' Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, which state how a site will remain clean to curb damage to the city's storm sewers.
Each week, Herald reporter Charly Haley answers your questions about local government, laws and other local topics.
After Dave Aker told his staff at the East Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Department to weed a flowerbed near City Hall Wednesday, he said he "wasn't supposed to do that." But the flowerbed across DeMers Avenue from City Hall had been filled with weeds crowding the blooming perennial flowers that had been planted in previous years. "It looked too bad.
Police recovered a body from the Red River in downtown Grand Forks Monday night with the family of a missing Badger, Minn., man waiting on scene. The recovery came after a witness along the shoreline called 911 at 8:16 p.m. Monday, reporting what appeared to be a body in the river, said Grand Forks Police Department Lt. Derik Zimmel.
Dutch elm disease has returned to Grand Forks this summer, meaning more than 100 trees will likely be removed to stop it from spreading. The Grand Forks Park District Forestry Department began flagging trees for Dutch elm disease June 15, City Forester Mike Fugazzi said. Any tree marked with the disease will be removed. As of Wednesday, 44 trees in Grand Forks had been flagged.