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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STANTON -- A North Dakota coal-fired power plant scheduled to close within the next year may not be the last one shuttered here, a congressman and a state regulator said...
CANDO—A semi-retired farmer from Cando will fill a vacant seat in the North Dakota Legislature left by Republican Rep. Curt Hofstad's sudden death last month. District 15 Republicans voted Saturday to appoint Greg Westlind, a longtime friend of Hofstad's, to the seat, just a couple of weeks before lawmakers convene in Bismarck for a special session called by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address the state's budget shortfall. Westlind hasn't been sworn into office yet, but he anticipates doing so before the special session, which is scheduled for Aug. 2 through 4.
BISMARCK—A spate of violence here and abroad has prompted North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to order state agencies to fly the U.S. and state flags at half-staff for two dozen days so far this year, already surpassing last year's total.
GRAND FORKS—Three years ago Wednesday, an unattended train carrying crude oil from North Dakota rolled down a hill toward the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The 74-car freight train derailed near the center of town, and the ensuing explosion and fire killed 47 people and destroyed much of the downtown core, a government report later said.
BISMARCK—North Dakota has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the Obama administration's guidance on transgender bathroom policy, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, a Republican, said Friday. Nine other states joined North Dakota in filing the complaint in federal district court. A news release from Stenehjem's office states the mandate from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice "misinterprets federal law regarding how schools assign students to bathrooms and locker rooms."
WASHINGTON -- North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday it’s “time to move on” after the end of an investigation into her party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and...
GRAFTON, N.D.—An oilfield product manufacturer has idled its plant in Grafton, leaving just two full-time employees, a company official said Thursday. Cimarron Energy, an Oklahoma-based manufacturer of oil and gas production equipment that purchased Diverse Energy Systems after the latter firm filed for bankruptcy last year, has a plant manager and administrative employee in town, said Richard Wilkie, Cimarron's chief financial officer. That's down from the 14 employees a company spokesman said they had there in early March.
States cannot levy criminal penalties against suspected drunk drivers who refuse to submit to a warrantless blood test, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case that originated in North Dakota. The decision deals a blow to states such as North Dakota that criminalize the refusal of those tests. But the nation's highest court said the Fourth Amendment permits warrantless breath tests, calling their physical intrusion "almost negligible."
GRAND FORKS -- Legal professionals must work to eliminate racial disparities and bias in the justice system, retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page said Thursday during a speech at...
BISMARCK -- More than 125,000 ballots were cast in the North Dakota primary election as of 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. The North Dakota Secretary of State's website showed 125,855 ballots cast,...