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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PLUMMER, Minn.—Minnesota Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, won't seek re-election this fall after more than 30 years in the Legislature.
A Grand Forks counselor described a sense of "shock and sadness" at South Middle School in recent days after students, staff and parents learned of the death of a young student. Administrators sent a letter to parents of South Middle School students Friday notifying them that a seventh-grade student had died by suicide. Counselors were made available to meet with students and staff, according to the letter that was provided by Grand Forks Public Schools spokeswoman Tracy Jentz.
GRAFTON, N.D.—An Oklahoma-based company has acquired the assets of an oil service manufacturer with a local plant. Cimarron Energy announced at the beginning of the month that it had "closed on the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Diverse Energy Systems," a Houston-based company with a plant in Grafton. Cimarron Energy spokesman Jeff Wilson said the acquisition was a "great step forward" because they did not have a facility in North Dakota. The acquisition took place in mid-January, he said.
Falling commodity prices and state budget cuts may be prompting some North Dakotans to fear a case of deja vu is coming on. In some ways, the economic slowdown the state is now experiencing mirrors what it went through in the 1980s. That era saw oil prices and farm incomes drop, which rippled to the state government budget and to the economy as a whole.
Scott Kringstad and Jeff Melgaard have had plenty of time to prepare for their new jobs. The two longtime employees of Construction Engineers took over as owners of the Grand Forks-based firm at the beginning of the year, marking the completion of a 10-year transition plan they had with its founders, brothers John and Kurt Eickhof.
Next week's state high school hockey tournament is expected to bring in plenty of visitor spending to the Grand Forks region. The North Dakota High School Activities Association Boys' and Girls' State Hockey Tournament will bring more than 3,000 visitors to the city and an estimated $840,000 in direct spending, according to an email from the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Local airport and business leaders were disappointed by FedEx's decision to move its operations at the Grand Forks International Airport to Fargo. The move, confirmed Wednesday by a spokeswoman for...
A collection of candidates for North Dakota statewide office made their case to Grand Forks Republicans during local district conventions Tuesday evening. Most notably, the three candidates for North Dakota governor touted their records as they vied for support in the state's most-watched race. Tuesday's conventions come less than two months before the state Republican convention in early April, which is followed by the primary election in mid-June.
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is preparing to push its biggest legislative priority for this year: business tax relief. In a meeting with the Herald's editorial board, the chamber's Director of Communications Jim Pumarlo outlined Minnesota's state property tax on businesses. That levy comes on top of the property taxes businesses already pay to local governments, and it represents about 30 percent of their total property tax bill, according to a chamber fact sheet.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death this weekend immediately sparked a debate over when the sudden vacancy on the nation's highest court should be filled, and it's now creating disagreements between North Dakota's senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Republican presidential candidates have argued the vacancy should be filled after November's presidential election. In a statement to the Herald Monday, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., agreed.