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 citystreetbeat.areavoices.com.
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Investigators say arson was the cause of the Valley City church fire that resulted in more than $1 million in damage Monday morning. Valley City Fire Chief Gary Retterath said Wednesday that with the assistance of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and state fire marshals, "We all agreed that it was a set fire at the church." The investigation at Faith Lutheran Church is being turned over to federal and state investigators and the Valley City Police Department, Retterath said. The fire at Faith Lutheran Church happened around 4 a.m.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. - An early morning fire at a church here Monday caused upward of $1 million in damage, leaving a congregation heartbroken. The first 911 call of the blaze at Faith Lutheran Church came in at 3:41 a.m., said Gary Retterath, Valley City fire chief. When he arrived on scene at 251 4th St.
The almost constant rainfall Friday and Saturday brought "above normal" levels of precipitation to Jamestown, a meteorologist said. It rained 1.34 inches in Jamestown Friday and .4 inches Saturday, said Patrick Ayd, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Bismarck. Over the past 14 days, rainfall has averaged from .75 to 1.5 inches above normal in Stutsman County, Ayd said. On Aug.
With "now hiring" signs around town and online job postings touting "Jamestown, N.D.," many Jamestown businesses are struggling to find workers. "There's definitely a need for workforce in the area," said Kelly Bossert, customer service office manager at Job Service North Dakota's Jamestown office. Stutsman County had 3 percent unemployment in August, according to Job Service data provided by Bossert.
Recommendations for Jamestown Public Schools' teacher negotiations weren't exactly what either side proposed. The North Dakota Education Fact Finding Commission recommended a 4 percent salary increase for the 2013-2014 school year, and about a 4.3 percent increase for the 2014-2015 school year, according to a report released Friday. This differs from the Jamestown Public School Board's final salary offer of a 4 percent increase for both school years, and the Jamestown Education Association's final offer of a 4.25 percent increase for 2013-2014 and a 4.5 percent increase for 2014-2015. Both
Jamestown Public Schools and St. John's Academy are both dismissing classes at 1 p.m. this week, starting Tuesday, due to the high heat index forecast. Officials from both schools met Monday afternoon to make the decision, said Robert Lech, superintendent for Jamestown Public Schools. Lech said that while some Jamestown school buildings may be better equipped than others to handle the heat, officials thought it would be best for all schools in the district to keep the same schedule.
When the lights turned green, the engines roared, and the spectators were left with puffs of smoke and the smell of rubber on the track. In a matter of seconds, some drivers could reach 120 mph -- but their goal wasn't speed; it was consistency. The Jamestown Drag Racing Association held its annual races at the Jamestown Regional Airport Saturday and Sunday. Drivers lined up their cars -- some, just ordinary street cars -- for three trials of the 660-foot race, trying to get their reaction times and acceleration as consistent as possible. Before the race, drivers turned in times based on h
The Jamestown Public School Board spent much of its retreat Tuesday evening focused on bringing the board together as a team with its members' different personalities and leadership styles. Superintendent Robert Lech shared an African proverb at the meeting: "'When the elephants fight, the grass gets trampled,'" he said, "meaning that as we fight or have negative conflict, the students get trampled.
This year's 24th annual American Association of University Women Garden Tour isn't just a showcase of flowers and landscaping -- it's also a sharing of art, stories and friendship. "I've always thought of gardeners as being a kind of artist," said Kelly Krein, who selects the tour's gardens each year. "Jamestown has some wonderful gardens." This year's tour is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The tour's hosts are Robert and Sue Carlson at 705 17th St. SE, Harley and Jaci Trefz at 709 17th St. SE, Caryn Claflin at 404 Fourth Ave. SE and Sandy Eckelberg at 229 18th Ave.
The start of Jamestown's sanitary sewer project construction is being delayed because of recent rainy weather. Construction will now start on July 22, as decided at a Thursday meeting, said Darrell Hournbuckle, project engineer for Interstate Engineering. The project was previously scheduled to start July 8. Another change is that construction will now start at the 600 through 900 blocks of Fourth Avenue Northwest, because of the different crews that will be available at the new start date, Hournbuckle said.