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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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—University of North Dakota student leaders are trying to get the word out to their classmates about North Dakota's voter identification requirements, which have changed several times over the past few years with legislative revisions and a more recent legal challenge. "There has been confusion," UND Student Body President Brandon Beyer said. Beyer sent out an email to UND students last week with information from the Secretary of State's office in an effort to alert students about what they need to do in order to vote.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Doug Burgum, the Republican candidate for North Dakota governor, said Tuesday he may be open to reauthorizing the state's Medicaid expansion, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. The North Dakota Legislature passed a Medicaid expansion bill in 2013. The program is available to people between the ages of 19 and 65 years old with household incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, according to the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
Average health insurance premiums are set to increase in North Dakota, but the state will avoid the eye-popping increases announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday. That agency said premiums for benchmark plans purchased on the individual marketplace in North Dakota will increase by 7 percent, on average, in 2017. That's far below the national 25 percent average increase for states using the HealthCare.gov platform, a figure that provided fodder for opponents of President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
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.