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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In between Spanish phrases, Diego described the cuisine he experienced in North Dakota. “Marshmallow salad,” he tells his mother from a phone booth surrounded by corn stalks. “Big mounds of...
Carl Hoverson sees opportunities in a major trade deal between the U.S. and a group of Pacific Rim countries. As the owner of a potato growing operation in Larimore, N.D., and the former chairman of the U.S. Potato Board, Hoverson said the Trans-Pacific Partnership will help break down barriers to growing markets in Asia. That also would help beef, dairy and other agricultural producers.
While state leaders announced another drop in taxable sales and purchases this week, Grand Forks sales tax collections almost reached a record high. The $2,067,469 in city sales tax collections...
A UND graduate and Grand Forks native who now leads a well-known chain of chicken wing restaurants will speak in Grand Forks next week. Sally Smith, president and CEO of...
A Canadian firm has purchased a Cavalier, N.D., auto dealership, the company's first in the United States. Swanson Motors now goes by Birchwood Chevrolet Buick, said Al Berry, the executive manager of the dealership. Berry, a former sales manager at the Rydell dealership in Grand Forks, said he has known Clay Swanson, the former owner of Swanson Motors, for some time and was familiar with Winnipeg-based Birchwood Automotive Group.
A downtown Grand Forks art gallery is closing in the coming weeks. Third Street Gallery, located at 310 Kittson Ave., announced on its Facebook page it will close Nov. 1 after 10 years of operation. Rebecca Uglem, one of the original directors of the gallery, thanked community members for supporting the gallery. "We could never have dreamed that it would be able to stay open for 10 years when we first opened the doors," she said in a Facebook message. "We made the decision to close so we can all move on to other passions and opportunities."
Rep. Kevin Cramer, the most vocal supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump among North Dakota's elected leaders, said Wednesday transparency may help dispel speculation over the candidate's finances, but he stopped short of calling for Trump to release his tax returns.
Bass Pro Shops announced Monday it will acquire fellow outdoor retailer Cabela's in a $5.5 billion deal, but it appears there will be no immediate changes to Cabela's stores such as the one in East Grand Forks. News releases issued Monday morning did not explicitly state plans for existing Cabela's stores, but a "frequently asked questions" section on Bass Pro Shops' website said, "It is business as usual at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's and there will be no immediate impact to our stores."
A shop selling Scandinavian goods in downtown Grand Forks is preparing to close. Signs in the window of Velkommen, located at 23 N. Third St., indicate it's going out of business and liquidating the store's inventory with 50 percent to 60 percent off purchases. Founder Rochelle Wetsch put the business up for sale last year, citing personal reasons and a desire to retire. In an email sent to the Herald Thursday, Wetsch said two parties were interested in purchasing the business, but they could not obtain financing.
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.