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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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.
BISMARCK—North Dakota will offer an affidavit to voters who don't bring an identification to the polls, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland's order comes roughly a month and a half after he said North Dakota couldn't implement its voter ID laws without offering some kind of "fail-safe" mechanism. Seven members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa sued Secretary of State Al Jaeger in January, arguing the voter ID laws passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2013 and 2015 disproportionately burden Native Americans.
GRAND FORKS—Federal economic data released Tuesday, Sept. 20, shows North Dakota's metro areas can grow despite a slump in oil prices, a University of North Dakota economist said. The data, released by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, showed the Grand Forks metropolitan statistical area's gross domestic product grew by 3 percent between 2014 and 2015, when adjusted for inflation. That outpaced national metro areas' growth of 2.5 percent as well as Fargo's 1.3 percent. Bismarck tallied 5.7 percent GDP growth last year.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Secretary of State's Office plans to offer affidavits to voters who don't bring a valid identification to the polls in November, although a legal battle over the state's voter ID laws is still ongoing.
WASHINGTON-- A bill that would create a commission to explore issues facing Native American children is closer to becoming law after unanimously passing the U.S. House on Monday. The bill,...
GRAND FORKS -- Doug Burgum, the Republican candidate for North Dakota governor, criticized last week’s decision from three federal agencies to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the...
GRAND FORKS — A Grand Forks County landowner declared victory Tuesday, Sept. 13, in his legal battle with a company seeking to build an oil pipeline across his property. James...
The protest and legal battle over an oil pipeline being constructed near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the subsequent responses from state and federal authorities has drawn varying reactions from candidates for North Dakota's highest offices. A decision from three federal agencies announced Friday halted the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, despite a federal judge's denial of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request for an injunction against the project that same day.
BISMARCK—A former presidential candidate has joined the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., proposed an amendment Thursday to the Water Resources Development Act to prevent the secretary of the Army from granting an easement for the Lake Oahe crossing for the crude oil pipeline until the completion of an environmental impact statement. The Senate is scheduled to resume consideration of the bill Monday afternoon, according to its floor schedule.