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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The sign kindly asks customers to excuse the mess, but there’s very little sign of one. The low hum of the floor fans scattered throughout the aisles of Kosmatka’s Market, the grocery store in the small Minnesota town of Oslo, are one of the only pieces of evidence of a water main break that left the whole town without water for a few hours Thursday.
In North Dakota, manufacturing a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, child care center, preschool facility or higher education institution is an aggravating factor that can elevate the charges someone faces. It’s that law that four women are accused of breaking when they were arrested Tuesday, after allegedly making methamphetamine near Schroeder Middle School.
The launch of the state hockey tournament Thursday is not only the high point of the high school teams’ seasons, but it also represents a shot in the arm for the local economy. Grand Forks has been the host of the North Dakota boys hockey tournament almost every year for the past 50-plus years.
It’s one of the first things certain prospective businesses ask about when they think about moving to or expanding in Grand Forks. Once they know they’ll have available land to build on, companies want to know they’ll have enough water for decades to come. While local leaders say their current water supply will be sufficient in the long-term, they’re pushing for two major water infrastructure projects to ensure it stays that way.
Lawmakers Wednesday questioned UND and state higher education officials on the university’s purchase of a research facility from a university-affiliated foundation last fall. UND purchased the struggling 5-year-old Research, Enterprise and Commercialization (REAC) facility from the UND Research Foundation in September 2013 for $9.8 million — a sale that one legislator Wednesday referred to
The owner of the Columbia Mall claims that an international clothing retailer owes it more than $131,000 for unpaid maintenance fees. The claim came in GK Development’s response to a lawsuit from the Gap filed earlier this year in U.S. District Court. The California-based apparel retailer argued that GK, which owns and manages Columbia Mall, owes it at least $272,415 in “improperly collected” maintenance expenses over the past few years. The dispute is rooted in the language of the lease agreement between the Gap and the mall.
UND officials Monday discussed how they’re helping to add skilled workers in rapidly growing oil plays in North Dakota and elsewhere.
Thousands of fans were swooned by the country stylings of The Band PerrySunday night. Cowboy hats, tucked-in plaid shirts and boots were commonplace in the concourse of the Ralph Engelstad Arena.
Urban Stampede employees shifted buckets under water streaming from the ceiling Sunday afternoon after a water leak forced the coffee shop to close temporarily. Water to the building had been shut off after the leak was discovered, said co-owner Patti Eider.
Do business in the west, network in the east. Grand Forks will be home to the second major oil industry-related conference in a matter of months when the inaugural three-day Bakken/Three Forks Shale Oil Innovation Conference and Expo opens at the Alerus Center Monday. Hundreds of attendees will learn about new technology and government policies affecting the extraction of oil and gas. The event is being organized by BBI International, a Grand Forks-based media and event-organizing company.