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—The North Dakota Department of Health wants a better idea of how many applications it will receive from medical marijuana growers and dispensaries in the coming months. The department asked for letters of intent from entities interested in applying to become a registered "compassion center" under the state's new medical marijuana law Friday, July 7. The letters are due by the end of business July 28.
BISMARCK — The Fargo man leading the effort to repeal North Dakota's ban on Sunday morning shopping hopes to begin collecting petition signatures this month. Brandon Medenwald said Thursday, July 6, he was gathering the final affidavits from members of the sponsoring committee before dropping off paperwork at the Secretary of State's Office. He said they'll likely aim to place the repeal on the November 2018 ballot.
BISMARCK — North Dakota's senators attended separate public events on health care reform in Bismarck on Thursday, July 6, as legislation repealing major parts of the Affordable Care Act awaited them back in the nation's capital.
BISMARCK — A security firm facing regulatory scrutiny is no longer working in North Dakota on behalf of the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday, July 5. The news came about a week after the North Dakota Private Investigative and Security Board alleged TigerSwan operated here without a license. The board filed a complaint in Burleigh County District Court on June 27.
BISMARCK — The head of North Dakota's corrections department hopes to see results soon in the state's efforts to slow and reduce a growing inmate population after the recent passage of criminal justice reform legislation.
BISMARCK—State law appears to prohibit North Dakota officials from providing voter information requested by a controversial commission examining "election integrity," a top state election official said Friday, June 30. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Silrum said they received a letter from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, that was sent to all 50 states requesting publicly available voter roll data, including names, addresses, voter history and the last four digits of Social Security numbers.
BISMARCK — On his first day in office as North Dakota's new governor, Doug Burgum wanted to send an email to all state employees as a welcome message. But Burgum, who made his name as the head of a software company, was told that it wasn't as simple as pressing "send all." He cited it as an example of government inefficiency getting in the way of something that's common practice elsewhere.
BISMARCK—A security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline that's now facing regulatory scrutiny said Wednesday, June 28, it's the subject of a "misinformation campaign."
BISMARCK—A recall election in a town of about 45 people is expected to be among the first tests of North Dakota's new voter identification law later this year. The new law, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Burgum in late April, goes into effect Saturday, July 1, along with a swath of other bills. July 1 marks the beginning of a new two-year funding cycle known as a biennium.
BISMARCK—The state Department of Agriculture asked property owners Wednesday, June 28, to help stop the spread of Japanese beetles before they can wreak havoc on North Dakota plants.