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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The Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority formed a new committee Thursday to focus on FedEx's planned departure from the Grand Forks International Airport. The committee will work "on items relative to the financial, legal, tenant-recruitment and planning efforts for this transition," Airport Authority Executive Director Ryan Riesinger said during a board meeting Thursday morning. The Airport Authority members agreed to appoint commissioners Steve Kuhlman and Tim Mutchler to the transition committee and Chairman Karl Bollingberg as an ex-officio member.
The Democratic candidates for the top jobs in North Dakota government criticized Republican leadership and argued for more balanced representation Wednesday during a Grand Forks campaign stop. The event marked the launch of state Sen. Joan Heckaman's bid for lieutenant governor, which comes a week after Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, announced he would run for governor.
The city doesn’t own stock in any other company, and Richards is not aware of any profit it has realized from the Aatrix stock, she said. She added that she's not sure what form the "restructuring" may take until the company submits a specific proposal.
North Dakota Sen. Joan Heckaman, D-New Rockford, will announce her run for lieutenant governor Wednesday in Grand Forks. The North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party sent an advisory this afternoon stating Heckaman would hold a news conference at the Grand Forks Public Library to "make an announcement regarding her intentions for the 2016 election cycle." The party's executive director, Robert Haider, confirmed to the Herald that Heckaman would run for lieutenant governor.
The Grand Forks Growth Fund Committee agreed Monday to help finance projects for two local businesses. Countrywide Sanitation, a refuse and recycling business, is planning to build a 12,000-square-foot building at 2500 N. 69th St., which will be used mainly for sorting and baling recycled material, according to meeting documents. JR Investments, the real estate holding company for Countrywide, came to the committee Monday requesting a $52,173 Flex Pace loan to buy down the interest on a $510,000 Choice Financial loan.
A city with a professional hockey team, cultural sites and major concerts, Winnipeg now may be more attractive to American travelers because of the persistent gap in the value of U.S. and Canadian dollars.
After three years of ownership, Quinn Olson has found that running a small-town bakery is too much for one person to handle. That's why he decided to put the McIntosh Bakery up for sale last week. "I thought I could do it, but it just takes more people," Olson said. "I love to bake; that's the reason I bought it. If a couple or a family were to buy it, they could totally make it." The bakery, located in McIntosh, Minn., has been around for decades before Olson owned it, he said. McIntosh is a town of 625 people located about 60 miles southeast of Grand Forks.
North Dakota business and labor groups are mirroring their national counterparts' stances on a major multinational trade agreement. Like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Greater North Dakota Chamber supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership. And like the national AFL-CIO, the North Dakota chapter opposes it. That's perhaps unsurprising, but what remains unclear is how congressional delegations from North Dakota and Minnesota will vote on the deal.
CROOKSTON—Minnesota's lieutenant governor and head of the state Department of Transportation traveled to Crookston Thursday to highlight capital projects included in Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed $1.4 billion bonding bill.
An East Grand Forks attorney is adding his name to an already long list of Republican candidates seeking to succeed a longtime Minnesota lawmaker. Mark Johnson announced Thursday he is seeking the Republican endorsement for the state Senate race in District 1. That seat will be vacated by the retiring Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, D-Plummer, who has been in the Legislature for more than 30 years.