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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Pullout numbers for use in display: July unemployment rate in Grand Forks County: 2.3 percent There were 208 openings for sales and related jobs in the northeast region of North Dakota in August. Main story: The Halloween displays are up in the Grand Forks SuperTarget store, but the retailer already has its sights set on the later holiday shopping season.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—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.
Darcy's Cafe was recognized last week as the best diner in North Dakota. Business Insider's list was compiled with the mobile app Foursquare. While it didn't elaborate on why Darcy's was picked, cafe owner Michelle Hajicek said such recognitions help drive word-of-mouth traffic and social media buzz. "I really don't need to advertise," Hajicek said. "It seems like one person sees it, and they share it, and it gets shared and shared." Hajicek will have owned Darcy's for a year in November.
A limited-edition beer that debuted at Rhombus Guys Brewing Co. this week features ingredients from the Red River Valley. The Grand Forks brewpub received a batch of malt from Vertical Malt, a startup based in Crookston that uses barley grown outside Fisher, Minn. Adam Wagner, who runs Vertical Malt with his father, Tim, said they hope to run test batches on a larger system by the end of November. That will allow them to produce about two tons of malt a week, which should be enough to satisfy a couple of local breweries.
A children's speech and language clinic opened a second Grand Forks location this month. Quotable Kids Speech and Language Clinic expanded to 220 N. Fourth St., just across the street from Grand Forks City Hall. It's keeping its 2600 DeMers Ave. location, which is next to the Columbia Road overpass, owner Andrea Volk said. "We needed a little bit more space," she said. "We have only two treatment rooms in our space on DeMers." Volk said they plan to focus more on group sessions at the downtown location.
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.
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.
Federal economic data released Tuesday shows North Dakota's metro areas can grow despite a slump in oil prices, a UND 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.
The city of Grand Forks is moving forward with plans to rearrange the layout of its Business Park. The Grand Forks Growth Fund Committee approved a contract proposal with Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services for master planning, design, bidding and construction oversight related to the project Monday. The hourly contract is not to exceed $330,500, according to a city memo, and goes to the Grand Forks Jobs Development Authority on Oct. 3.
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.