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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Kathy Klath had spent 18 years in the insurance and investments industry before she decided to open her own business. Now more than a year into owning Mainstream Boutique near the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, Klath cited her father's entrepreneurial spirit as one of her inspirations. "I feel like it was kind of in my blood," she said. Klath is among a growing number of women who own their own businesses in North Dakota and across the country.
EMERADO, N.D.—A pedestrian was injured after he was hit by an Amtrak train in Emerado Thursday morning, but authorities said he walked away from the scene before being taken to the hospital. Emerado resident Dan O'Donnel, 51, is listed as the injured pedestrian in a North Dakota Highway Patrol news release. He was standing next to the railroad tracks in town and was struck by a westbound train at 5:20 a.m., according the release.
Regulars of the Hub in downtown Grand Forks will recognize the format of the newly reopened bar. The bar is in general the same place, although it is new. Tables that sat across from the bar were replaced by new booths. The windows facing North Third Street, the kitchen and the bathrooms all are situated in the same spot. But the Hub, which now goes by The Hub Pub, looks almost nothing like it did when it closed a few months ago for major remodeling after changing ownership. Not even the floor survived the overhaul.
A new study says the state of North Dakota doesn't monitor local governments for signs of fiscal distress, but state officials said cities, towns and counties here generally practice sound budgetary management. The Pew Charitable Trusts report, released earlier this month, examined how states track the financial well-being of their local governments. It cited "costly surprises" for states such as Michigan, which spent $195 million from its rainy day fund to help Detroit exit bankruptcy.
Dave Hughes, the Karlstad, Minn., Republican facing longtime Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson in November's election, said Tuesday his lack of name recognition is his biggest obstacle in unseating his opponent. Hughes, a retired Air Force officer who works for General Atomics at Grand Forks Air Force Base, visited the Herald's editorial board Tuesday. He discussed his political beliefs as a constitutional conservative and his outlook on the race.
Grand Forks City Council members signaled their support for a massive fertilizer plant that's in the works, but project planners acknowledge they face financial obstacles. The City Council voted Monday to extend a letter of intent with Northern Plains Nitrogen, which is planning to build a fertilizer plant on a 320-acre site in northwest Grand Forks, until June 30. The agreement includes provisions on water supply and wastewater discharge permitting.
As Julie LeFever toured the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library on the UND campus last week, she noted a gap in the concrete floor. Each side had a slightly different shade of gray, denoting where construction crews added 28,000 square feet of warehouse space. Towering above LeFever were shelves filled to the brim with cardboard boxes containing rock cores and samples. But in the newly built section of the warehouse, the shelves were largely empty. "We're building for the future," said LeFever, the core library's director.
As Julie LeFever toured the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library on the UND campus last week, she noted a gap in the concrete floor. Each side had a...
Pullout numbers for use in display: July unemployment rate in Grand Forks County: 2.3 percent There were 208 openings for sales and related jobs in the northeast region of North Dakota in August. Main story: The Halloween displays are up in the Grand Forks SuperTarget store, but the retailer already has its sights set on the later holiday shopping season.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—As Dave Doherty walked through Digi-Key Electronics' Thief River Falls headquarters this week, he shared a joke with a worker and slapped him on the back. "I walk down the hall and my cheeks are sore at the end of the day from saying 'hello' and 'good afternoon,'" he said.