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FNS Photo by John M. Steiner Harriet Johnson and Kathy Schlotman, altar guild members, clean and polish a candle holder and cross Friday in preparation for the temporary location of Faith Lutheran Church in Valley City.

Valley City church prepares new space, waits for answers after fire

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VALLEY CITY — The walls and floor inside Faith Lutheran Church are almost entirely charred black.

Light fixtures have fallen.


Hymnals are burned onto the backs of pews.

Stained-glass windows are cracked.

And an overwhelming scent of smoke still lingers from the fire that damaged the church Oct. 21.

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Charly Haley
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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