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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A Fosston, Minn., man announced this week he will challenge the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's endorsed candidate for a state House seat in August's primary election. Erwin "Erv" Rud said in a Wednesday news release that he had "changed his mind about a primary challenge." He lost the party's endorsement for the District 1B seat to Mike Moore, who lives in Mentor and owns newspapers in Fosston and Hallock.
A leader of a Grand Forks company welcomed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week that North Dakota lawmakers called a victory for landowner rights. The case centered around Hawkes Co. Inc.'s efforts to use a northwest Minnesota property for peat harvesting operations. It sought a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discharge material onto wetlands, but the Corps stated the property contained "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act because its wetlands had a "significant nexus" to the Red River, which is 120 miles away, according to court records.
A Grand Forks bar will close Saturday, but new businesses are poised to take its place. Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse, located at 1970 S. Columbia Road, announced Tuesday that this is its last week of business. Its other locations in Fargo, Bismarck and Sioux Falls are remaining open.
Commercial businesses may occupy a historic downtown Grand Forks building in the near future, a development that would follow in the footsteps of other nearby structures. Yellow Dart Industries has recently entered into a "lease-to-buy" agreement for the Mill Square three-story building at 301 N. Third St., and is now in discussions with several parties interested in using the 121-year-old building, the first two floors of which are vacant. Marcus Wax, business manager for Yellow Dart, said the area is served well by housing, pointing to new apartments that have gone up nearby.
Hotel managers and tourism directors in North Dakota are hoping for a busy summer season this year to help fill up the thousands of new rooms the state has added...
A Grand Forks real estate firm is branching out with another office in the region. Crary Real Estate added an office in Devils Lake's Holiday Mall this month, the company's operations manager, Adam Crary, said.
North Dakota Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Friday morning he will file a lawsuit against the federal government over transgender bathroom policy.
Legislation requiring all adults living in potential foster homes to undergo background checks before a Native American child can be placed there has passed Congress and is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama.
The office of Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is considering whether to join officials from 11 other states in a legal battle with the federal government over transgender bathroom policy. Texas is leading the lawsuit, which accuses the federal government of overstepping its constitutional authority, Reuters reported Wednesday. The Obama administration said earlier this month that public schools in the U.S. must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.
Grand Forks' Lincoln Golf Course remained closed Wednesday due to tree damage left by powerful winds Sunday night. Mike Fugazzi, forestry operations manager for the Grand Forks Park District, said Wednesday morning they had hoped to have it opened later in the day or Thursday. He said there were uprooted trees and damaged branches.