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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A debate between Democrat Collin Peterson and Republican Dave Hughes, the two candidates for the U.S. House in Minnesota's 7th congressional district, highlighted their differing stances on agriculture policy. The debate, hosted by Prairie Public and co-sponsored by AARP, is posted online and will be broadcast on KFME at 8:30 p.m. Friday, according to Prairie Public's website. Peterson would serve a 14th term in Congress and continue to represent a wide swath of western Minnesota if he defeats Hughes on Nov. 8.
GRAND FORKS — Doug Burgum has built much of his campaign for North Dakota governor around his business acumen. The Republican candidate often references his time building Great Plains Software,...
General Electric announced Tuesday, Oct. 11, it will purchase LM Wind Power, a wind turbine manufacturer that has a plant 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...
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.
EMERADO, N.D. -- A person was hit by an Amtrak train in Emerado on Thursday morning, Sept. 29, leaving him seriously injured. Dan O'Donnel, 51, of Emerado was standing next...
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.