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 — 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.
MANDAN, N.D. -- President Donald Trump struck a populist tone in his push for tax cuts and reform at an oil refinery here Wednesday, Sept. 6. Trump spoke at the Andeavor refinery in Mandan, where he was flanked by refinery workers in blue fire resistant clothing. A white plume of primarily water vapor emitted from a large stack in the background.
BISMARCK -- The Bismarck-Mandan area geared up for President Donald Trump’s visit Wednesday, Sept. 6.
BISMARCK — A Mandan oil refinery will serve as the backdrop for President Donald Trump's pitch for tax reform Wednesday, Sept. 6.
BISMARCK—President Donald Trump will speak Wednesday, Sept.. 6, at a Mandan refinery, the White House said Monday, Sept. 4. Trump's speech, which is expected to be focused on tax reform, is scheduled for just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Andeavor refinery. Few other details about the president's plans were known Monday.
BISMARCK—A North Dakota union leader says it's inappropriate for two "anti-employee" attorneys to give a presentation at a conference involving the state Department of Commerce later this month in Fargo.