John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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BISMARCK — A Mandan oil refinery will serve as the backdrop for President Donald Trump's pitch for tax reform Wednesday, Sept. 6.
BISMARCK—President Donald Trump will speak Wednesday, Sept.. 6, at a Mandan refinery, the White House said Monday, Sept. 4. Trump's speech, which is expected to be focused on tax reform, is scheduled for just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Andeavor refinery. Few other details about the president's plans were known Monday.
BISMARCK—A North Dakota union leader says it's inappropriate for two "anti-employee" attorneys to give a presentation at a conference involving the state Department of Commerce later this month in Fargo.
NEAR GOLDEN VALLEY, N.D.—Recent rains have helped green the land around Kim Entze's ranch in western North Dakota, but he lamented that the relief didn't come sooner. "A little earlier here ... it was getting pretty depressing. People were starting to panic and didn't know what to do," he said, calling this year "by far the worst" drought he has seen in his 43 years of ranching.
UNDERWOOD, N.D.—As Jeremy Eckroth drove across a moon-like landscape in central North Dakota, a massive dragline excavator came into view. The structure towered over the North American Coal Corp.'s Falkirk Mine, where roughly 7.5 million tons of lignite coal is mined every year. Most of it is used at the adjacent Coal Creek Station, the largest power plant in the state, said Eckroth, the mine's environmental manager.
BISMARCK -- President Donald Trump plans to visit North Dakota next week, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told Forum News Service Thursday, Aug. 31. The Republican president’s visit to the Bismarck-Mandan area Wednesday will be focused on tax reform, Hoeven said. Another person with knowledge of the plans said earlier Thursday that Trump planned to give a speech at a Mandan refinery, but Hoeven said he could not confirm potential sites.
BISMARCK—Hundreds gathered at the North Dakota state Capitol Wednesday, Aug. 30, to honor Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was found in the Red River over the weekend. Standing before the crowd on the Capitol steps, Jon Eagle Sr. said he didn't want LaFontaine-Greywind's death "to be for nothing." He said many Native Americans have already gone through similar tragedies and Native women experience violence at a higher rate than other races.
BISMARCK—Moving local elections to November may make it harder for voters to keep track of races, a North Dakota lawmaker said Tuesday, Aug. 29. The interim Government Administration Committee began examining the possibility of moving city and other local elections from June to November during a meeting at the state Capitol Tuesday. City elections in North Dakota are held on the second Tuesday in June in each even-numbered year, coinciding with primary elections for state and federal offices, while general elections are held in November during each even-numbered year.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers will meet behind closed doors next month to discuss whether to proceed with a lawsuit over vetoes issued by Gov. Doug Burgum, the chairman of a powerful legislative committee said Saturday, Aug. 26. Legislative Management will meet Sept. 28 at the state Capitol before going into executive session, said Sen. Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks. The meeting will be closed to the public according to the attorney-client privilege exception to the state's open meeting laws, and any vote would be taken in public, he said.
BISMARCK — The State Water Commission approved $17 million for a pipeline to bring Missouri River water to the eastern North Dakota during times of drought Wednesday, Aug. 24. The state Legislature set aside $30 million this session for the project, which is expected to cost about $1 billion. Lawmakers said $17 million of that is to be used to complete the planning and permitting process.