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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


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.

The church building is still blocked off as a crime scene by police signs and barricade tape because arson was determined as the cause of the fire.

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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. Haley is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, and her hometown is Sartell, Minn. Read more of her reporting about the city of Grand Forks at
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