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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MINOT — Dennis Roerick remembers it as the worst Father’s Day of his life. It was June 19, 2011, when he and his wife, JoAnn, heard warnings on the 10 p.m. news about the rising Souris River. The river, expected to crest higher than the city’s levees could handle, put the Roericks’ home, nestled in Minot’s Souris River Valley, in jeopardy. Days later, the Roericks, like thousands of other Minot residents, rushed to evacuate their homes in the wake of a record-breaking flood.
FINLEY — One of Sherry Midstokke’s two court-ordered mental evaluations states that she was competent when she allegedly murdered her husband at their Finley home in February, according to her lawyer. Attorney Blake Hankey said he and his colleagues still believe the 61-year-old was mentally ill at the time of the alleged murder.
GRAND FORKS — President Barack Obama is planning to visit a North Dakota Indian reservation next month, The Washington Post is reporting. Officials from Turtle Mountain and Spirit Lake Indian reservations said they haven’t heard anything from the White House but would welcome Obama if he were visiting. U.S. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota also said they don’t have any details of Obama’s trip.
GRAND FORKS — Blizzard Gigi may have made for an unusually wintery March 31, but the storm was just what last month needed for “normal” precipitation, if not temperatures. Like the rest of this winter, last month was much colder than normal, and Blizzard Gigi didn’t help with that, said Bill Barrett, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks. March was, on average, “about 7 to 8 degrees colder than normal,” he said.
GRAND FORKS — For the first time in at least 15 years, the city of Grand Forks recently denied a liquor license because of an applicant’s prior felony convictions. The man’s three felony convictions were in the 1990s, and according to his license application he currently holds a liquor license in Spiritwood Lake. Although the Grand Forks City Council unanimously denied the license at its Feb.
GRAND FORKS — Many of us living in the Upper Midwest consider ourselves weather warriors, proudly bearing the coldest of the cold. Sure, the forecast high today in Grand Forks is 21 degrees, but that’s nothing.
GRAND FORKS — When Amber Schatz found out she was going to be anchoring a Bismarck newscast with actor Will Ferrell, she had to keep it a secret. So the only person she told was her brother, Nathan Schatz, who was being treated for traumatic brain injury at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks after a car accident Oct.
While driving in North Dakota, the information in a car’s “black box” — such as whether the seatbelt is buckled and how far the accelerator is pressed down — belongs to drivers. But cross the river into Minnesota, or drive in 35 other states, and that data can be accessed by law enforcement, insurance companies, automakers and others without the driver’s consent. Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., aim to set a national standard.
If December seemed colder than usual, that’s because it was. The month’s near record-breaking cold temperatures have challenged some businesses and contributed to an increase in car accidents. Jeff Makowski, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks, said December 2013 was the fourth coldest December in the area since 1890.
GRAND FORKS — Women living in rural North Dakota are less likely to have their breast cancer diagnosed until it has reached an advanced stage, according to a recent University of North Dakota study. One of the authors of the study, fourth-year medical student Krishan Jethwa said this highlights rural women’s lack of easy access to mammograms and the need for greater awareness of the disease among rural residents. The study followed a group of 260 white women, ages 29 to 94, who were receiving treatment at a Fargo cancer center.