Erik Burgess covers city and county government for The Forum. He started as the paper's night reporter in 2012, after graduating from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He was born and raised in Grand Forks, N.D., and also spent time interning at the Grand Forks Herald.
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FARGO — A cattle rancher and former state senator threw his cowboy hat into the race for state agriculture commissioner Friday, saying he wouldn’t be a “rubber stamp for out-of-state oil barons.” Ryan Taylor of Towner announced he is seeking the Democratic-NPL endorsement for state agriculture commissioner in a news conference in Fargo. Taylor was introduced by state Rep. Ron Guggisberg, D-Fargo, as “the man who’s going to bring balance to the Industrial Commission,” the state board that oversees oil and gas development.
FARGO — Members of the Fargo Dome Authority still haven’t made up their minds about the location for a new convention center — downtown or at the Fargodome. But they’re frustrated that the City Commission has. “Every day that goes by, this gets more politicized,” said John Q. Paulsen, a Dome Authority member. “We’ve got city attorneys arguing with each other about whether our reserves can be used. The City Commission people have publicly stated a position on the matter.
FARGO – If a new convention center is built in Fargo, it could cost more to operate it downtown than if it were attached to the Fargodome. The Fargo Dome Authority received an hour-long presentation Monday detailing the economics of a new convention center, which dome officials say is needed for Fargo to remain competitive as an event location.
FARGO — For a state that claims to be “legendary,” you’d think there would be more famous people. Spurred by a recent debate about the historical merits of Lawrence Welk’s boyhood home, a reporter set out last week to ask a lot of people a simple question: Who is the most famous North Dakotan? No, it’s not a trick question, and yes, after talking to 28 people — including local history professors, arbiters of culture and random people on the street and the Internet — there was a clear front-runner. But the winner wasn’t as interesting as the process.
FARGO — While a white supremacist jailed in the western part of the state has refused to eat, officials here say getting an inmate to end a hunger strike can ultimately spiral into a lengthy legal process. In most instances, the inmate simply wants to be heard, said Sgt. Tara Morris of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department.
FARGO — Ask U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer where he’s been this week, and Washington, D.C., might be the last place on his list. The first-term North Dakota Republican is trying to make an impression statewide by being among the people at home as often as he is among his colleagues at the Capitol.