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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Whomever is elected North Dakota's next governor will likely encounter a much different economic landscape than his or her predecessor. State general fund appropriations more than doubled from the 2009-11 biennium to the 2013-15 biennium, but tumbling oil and agriculture commodity prices are forcing Gov. Jack Dalrymple's potential successors to face a more challenging fiscal future. Dalrymple ordered a 4.05 percent budget cut to most state agencies last week in an effort to meet a $1.07 billion shortfall.
A biotech company located in a UND-owned building will not renew its lease when it expires at the end of the month. NovaDigm Therapeutics has occupied a space in the UND Tech Accelerator, formerly known as the Research, Enterprise and Commercialization or REAC building, for roughly seven years. CEO Timothy Cooke said Tuesday the company is wrapping up a clinical study, meaning "there's just unfortunately not the activities for what Grand Forks folks were doing."
Grand Forks Air Force Base will not be a temporary shelter for unaccompanied minors coming from Central America, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced today.
Facing a three-month wait to get fillings at another dental practice, Carolyn Reigstad found herself at Aspen Dental in Grand Forks Friday morning. "I'm going to have it done here now," she said. Aspen Dental, a national chain with more than 500 locations, cited dental health professional shortages in North Dakota for its decision to open a Grand Forks location. But researchers said population centers like the city of Grand Forks aren't where North Dakota's need for dentists is most pronounced.
The strong American dollar may be drawing some farmers across the northern border and into Canada for equipment. One U.S. dollar was worth $1.38 Canadian on Thursday morning, meaning American...
After five years of owning the Dairy Queen in the small northwest Minnesota town of Mentor, Bruce Roed said he's ready to move on. "I'm 66 years old and trying to retire," he said with a laugh. "We had talked that maybe we'd keep it longer-term, but it's just more work than my wife and I want to handle at this point in our life." The business is now for sale. Greenberg Realty's website lists it for $399,900.
A Devils Lake native and former UND associate dean received on Thursday the support of North Dakota's senators during a hearing on her nomination to a major federal post. Mary Wakefield is seeking the post of deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the department's second-highest position. She is serving as the acting deputy secretary, a job she's held since March 2015.
CROOKSTON—The city of East Grand Forks and a downtown building owner will meet in a mediation session next week over a $510,000 flood-era loan for which city officials say the owner is responsible. City Attorney Ron Galstad said Wednesday the mediation over the Boardwalk Enterprises loan is scheduled for Feb. 12. He was unsure of its location. An attorney for Boardwalk Enterprises, Jon Brakke, did not return a message left by the Herald Wednesday.
Curt Kreun may not be done with public office. The former Grand Forks City Council member didn't run for re-election in his most recent post as a Republican state representative in 2014. He was ineligible to run again for his seat in District 43 since he had moved to District 42 in Grand Forks. But with District 42 up in this fall's election, Kreun said he's considering making another run. He's also been approached about Grand Forks City Council elections in June, which he didn't rule out.
One might not believe lying in bed for weeks at a time would be of any scientific merit, but Ronita Cromwell would beg to differ. In her role as associate chief scientist for international collaborations in NASA's human research program, Cromwell facilitates studies using those kind of "analogs" to examine how humans would be affected by space travel. While experiences in the International Space Station can answer a number of those questions, experiments on Earth are being used to study effects of space exploration.