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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GRAND FORKS — Enbridge Energy Partners is confident a replacement of an aging oil pipeline that cuts across northern Minnesota will be completed, despite recent delays over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in neighboring North Dakota. Enbridge plans to replace almost all of its 1,097-mile Line 3 pipeline, which runs from Edmonton, Alta., to Superior, Wis. The project will nearly double the line's capacity to 760,000 barrels per day. The pipeline was constructed in the 1960s, and the company hopes to have the new line in service in 2019.
MANDAN, N.D. — Law enforcement officials urged calm over ongoing protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline Saturday, two days before the Army Corps of Engineers has said it plans to close a protest camp. The Army Corps announcement came a few days before North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered an evacuation of the protest camps on Army Corps land, citing harsh winter weather. Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said Saturday he's been asked "a hundred times, if not more," about what will happen Monday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Grand Forks health care providers and others are turning to mobile technology to remind patients and clients of upcoming appointments. Automated text messages and emails notifying people of upcoming appointments are helping reduce time spent by office staff on those tasks, as well as cut down on the number of missed appointments. For some, the new ways of communicating with patients are replacing traditional methods.
BISMARCK—The head of North Dakota's oil industry association said the news that a group of oil-producing countries would cut production next year is a "sign of optimism," but how much the decision boosts prices remains to be seen. Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, welcomed the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' decision to reduce output by about 1.2 million barrels per day to 32.5 million barrels per day in January. It's the first time OPEC agreed to output cuts since 2008, according to Reuters.
WALHALLA, N.D. — A new nonprofit foundation is making progress toward purchasing a popular northeastern North Dakota ski area. The Pembina Gorge Foundation, which had its first meeting a month ago, is seeking to purchase Frost Fire near Walhalla, N.D. Richard and Judith Johnson have owned the property for more than four decades, but Richard died in March and Judith is looking to retire.
After almost a year of advertising, debates and on-the-ground campaigning, the race for North Dakota governor will end Tuesday. Doug Burgum already registered an upset in June, when he earned the Republican nomination in the primary election over Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Observers expect the well-financed Burgum to win Tuesday's election as well, in part because of North Dakota's electoral history. A Democrat hasn't been elected governor here in almost three decades.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — After 34 years, Minnesota's Senate District 1 will have new leadership when the state Legislature convenes in January. Republican Mark Johnson, an East Grand Forks attorney, will take the reins from LeRoy Stumpf, a longtime Democratic lawmaker who announced his retirement in February. That news sparked a six-way race for the Republican endorsement, which Johnson ultimately won.
GRAND FORKS — Steve Gander has lived through a handful of major floods in the Grand Forks area, including the record 1997 Red River flood that decimated the two communities bordering the sleepy river. But two decades later, Gander isn't concerned about another similar disaster. "I probably have about as much worry about the repeat, massive flood through our community as I (worry about) a piano falling on my head," the incoming mayor of East Grand Forks said.
GRAND FORKS — The federal government's choice of North Dakota as one of six unmanned aircraft test sites in late 2013 was greeted with plenty of pomp and circumstance, with a range of North Dakota dignitaries gathering in Grand Forks to welcome the announcement.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Minnesota and North Dakota were among the top states for volunteering last year, a report released Tuesday said. The Corporation for National and Community Service said 35.4 percent of Minnesota residents volunteered in 2015, which was second-highest in the country, including Washington, D.C. North Dakota ranked 15th, with 30.7 percent of its residents volunteering last year.