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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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.—As Dave Doherty walked through Digi-Key Electronics' Thief River Falls headquarters this week, he shared a joke with a worker and slapped him on the back. "I walk down the hall and my cheeks are sore at the end of the day from saying 'hello' and 'good afternoon,'" he said.
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, N.D.—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.
GRAND FORKS, N.D., -- 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...
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.
WARROAD, Minn.—The hallway behind the human resources department at Marvin Windows and Doors' plant here appears to be an entrance to a factory floor. But it also leads to a door to a much different environment, one that instantly feels like the sterile waiting room at a doctor's office. Informational pamphlets were hanging on the wall, and an office worker greeted visitors from behind a desk.
ROLLA, N.D.—Marvin Nelson isn't shy about assessing his position on his party's list of choices of candidates for North Dakota governor. Asked whether he felt like he was the Democratic-NPL Party's third pick to run for governor after North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said she wouldn't attempt a return to Bismarck and former Agriculture Commissioner Sarah Vogel bowed out, Nelson offered a quick-witted response typical of his blunt style.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—An attorney for Grand Forks County property owners who resisted construction of a oil pipeline on their land welcomed Enbridge Energy Partners' decision to suspend its Sandpiper Pipeline project. The company announced Thursday it had shelved the project, which would carry crude oil from western North Dakota to Superior, Wis., citing market conditions and regulatory delays in Minnesota. It will withdraw applications pending with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.