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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BISMARCK - North Dakota Department of Health officials “wrongfully demoted” a longtime microbiologist two years ago, an administrative law judge said late last month. Lynn Jordheim’s 52-page order, dated Aug. 31, overturned Timothy Brosz’s demotion, which came shortly after he received a “pre-action notice” in May 2015.
BISMARCK - The Burke County prosecutor reached a pretrial diversion agreement this week with a western North Dakota man charged in a rare voter fraud case. Dale Monte Larsen was charged with voter fraud, a Class A misdemeanor, for allegedly voting in Burke and Ward counties during the 2016 election. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said it may be the first such case to be prosecuted since the 2000 election.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Supreme Court justices needled attorneys in a high school gym Thursday, Sept. 14, as they weighed arguments in the case of Barry Garcia, the man convicted of murdering a West Fargo woman when he was 16 years old.
BISMARCK — North Dakota juveniles are arrested at a higher rate than the national average, a state corrections official told an interim legislative committee Wednesday, Sept. 13. While arrest rates for violent crimes and weapons violations are well below the national figures, arrests for disorderly conduct, liquor law violations, drug use and property crimes among juveniles helped push North Dakota's rates higher, according to a presentation from Lisa Bjergaard, director of the juvenile services division at the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved two Bank of North Dakota loan programs to help livestock producers hampered by this year's drought Wednesday, Sept. 13. The three-member commission, chaired by Gov. Doug Burgum, approved a program to provide financing to purchase and rebuild breeding stock along with another to help with the added costs of feeding livestock.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for Barry Garcia, the man convicted of murdering a West Fargo woman when he was 16 years old more than two decades ago, say their client should be able to use a new North Dakota law to seek a reduced sentence. Garcia's case will be heard by the state Supreme Court on Thursday, Sept. 14, about 21 years after he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting and killing Cherryl Tendeland as she sat in a parked car. Earlier this year, a Cass County judge rejected Garcia's petition to be resentenced.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Industrial Commission will consider Bank of North Dakota loan programs for livestock producers affected by this year's drought Wednesday, Sept. 13. One program would provide financing for borrowers to purchase and rebuild breeding stock to pre-drought levels. The other would help with the added costs of feeding livestock, such as hauling hay and purchasing feed, according to a draft program outline provided by the commission's executive director Karlene Fine.
BISMARCK — More than 248,000 North Dakotans may have been affected by a security breach at a major credit reporting agency, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Tuesday, Sept. 12. Equifax said last week 143 million Americans may have had personal information stolen by hackers. Stenehjem’s office said names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, addresses and credit card numbers are among the potentially stolen information.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state officials are unable to provide requested voter information to a controversial committee studying alleged voter fraud, Secretary of State Al Jaeger told the commission this week.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota Public Service Commission approved its final permit Wednesday, Sept. 6, for a wind farm northeast of Valley City. The three-member commission unanimously approved a siting permit for the second phase of the Glacier Ridge Wind Farm, Chairman Randy Christmann said. In total, the PSC authorized the construction of up to 87 turbines producing 300.15 megawatts on roughly 25,000 acres. The project is estimated to cost $375 million.