John Hageman covers local business and North Dakota politics. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Bemidji Pioneer.
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WALHALLA, N.D.—Local organizations are planning for a new nonprofit foundation to take over a northeast North Dakota tourist attraction.
GRAND FORKS—One of the nation's top business schools is boosting its Midwest recruitment efforts and offering a new fellowship to attract applicants from the region. The Master of Business Administration fellowship offered by Stanford Graduate School of Business, ranked by Forbes as the nation's best business school, will pay for students' tuition and related fees, which amounts to $160,000 over two years. Eligibility requires "strong ties" to states such as North Dakota and Minnesota.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—General Electric announced Tuesday it plans to purchase LM Wind Power, a wind turbine blade manufacturer that employs almost 1,000 people in Grand Forks. The $1.65 billion deal "in-sources wind turbine blade design and manufacturing for GE's renewable energy business, improving its ability to increase energy output and create value for onshore and offshore customers," a GE news release said. GE does not produce blades today, and LM Wind Power is its largest blade supplier, the company added.
FARGO—The three candidates for North Dakota governor debated one final time Monday before the November election. The roughly half-hour debate, sponsored by AARP in North Dakota and taped at Prairie Public Broadcasting in downtown Fargo, featured discussion on the state of North Dakota's budget, a large protest over an oil pipeline and caregiver services. Republican Doug Burgum faced off against Democrat Marvin Nelson and Libertarian Marty Riske. The debate will air on Prairie Public at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
In between Spanish phrases, Diego described the cuisine he experienced in North Dakota. “Marshmallow salad,” he tells his mother from a phone booth surrounded by corn stalks. “Big mounds of...
Carl Hoverson sees opportunities in a major trade deal between the U.S. and a group of Pacific Rim countries. As the owner of a potato growing operation in Larimore, N.D., and the former chairman of the U.S. Potato Board, Hoverson said the Trans-Pacific Partnership will help break down barriers to growing markets in Asia. That also would help beef, dairy and other agricultural producers.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, the most vocal supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump among North Dakota's elected leaders, said Wednesday transparency may help dispel speculation over the candidate's finances, but he stopped short of calling for Trump to release his tax returns.
GRAND FORKS — Kathy Klath had spent 18 years in the insurance and investments industry before she decided to open her own business. Now more than a year into owning Mainstream Boutique near the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, Klath cited her father's entrepreneurial spirit as one of her inspirations. "I feel like it was kind of in my blood," she said. Klath is among a growing number of women who own their own businesses in North Dakota and across the country.
BISMARCK—A new study says the state of North Dakota doesn't monitor local governments for signs of fiscal distress, but state officials said cities, towns and counties here generally practice sound budgetary management. The Pew Charitable Trusts report, released earlier this month, examined how states track the financial well-being of their local governments. It cited "costly surprises" for states such as Michigan, which spent $195 million from its rainy day fund to help Detroit exit bankruptcy.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Grand Forks City Council members signaled their support for a massive fertilizer plant that's in the works, but project planners acknowledge they face financial obstacles. The City Council has voted to extend a letter of intent with Northern Plains Nitrogen, which is planning to build a fertilizer plant on a 320-acre site in northwest Grand Forks, until June 30. The agreement includes provisions on water supply and wastewater discharge permitting.