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 protest and legal battle over an oil pipeline being constructed near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and the subsequent responses from state and federal authorities have drawn varying reactions from candidates for North Dakota's highest offices. A decision from three federal agencies announced Friday halted the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land, despite a federal judge's denial of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request for an injunction against the project that same day.
A downtown Grand Forks building that was home to a well-known restaurant is attracting interest, but nothing had been finalized as of Thursday, Sept. 8. The former Sanders 1907 restaurant...
Plans for a Chick-fil-A restaurant near Grand Forks' Columbia Mall are in the works. A memo written ahead of the Planning and Zoning Commission's Wednesday meeting showed a proposed driveway to provide a future Chick-fil-A restaurant with a path to the Columbia Mall access road off of 32nd Avenue South. The new restaurant would be located next to Texas Roadhouse, according to the memo.
A former presidential candidate has joined the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., proposed an amendment Thursday to the Water Resources Development Act to prevent the secretary of the Army from granting an easement for the Lake Oahe crossing for the crude oil pipeline until the completion of an environmental impact statement. The Senate is scheduled to resume consideration of the bill Monday afternoon, according to its floor schedule.
WARROAD, Minn.—The hallway behind the human resources department at Marvin Windows and Doors' plant here appears to be an entrance to a factory floor. But it also leads to a door to a much different environment, one that instantly feels like the sterile waiting room at a doctor's office. Informational pamphlets were hanging on the wall, and an office worker greeted visitors from behind a desk.
A Grand Forks District Court judge has ordered the state toxicologist to testify in the DUI case against a North Dakota legislative candidate. Emily O'Brien, who is running as a Republican for a House seat in Grand Forks' District 42, was charged with driving under the influence after getting arrested in late July in downtown Grand Forks. A breath test showed her blood-alcohol concentration was 0.147 percent, almost twice the legal limit, according to a copy of her citation.
Court dates have been set in the dispute between the developer of a Philly cheesesteak restaurant chain and a Grand Forks property owner. A settlement conference between Nebraska-based Ames Development and Grand Forks Associates Limited Partnership will be Jan. 31 in U.S. District Court in Fargo, according to an order handed down Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal. She also scheduled a final pretrial conference for Dec. 20, 2017, according to court records.
Seat harnesses tightened. Ear plugs in. Doors shut. The engine comes to life and the blades above start spinning. Within a few minutes, a Black Hawk helicopter carrying more than a dozen people lifts above Grand Forks International Airport on its way to the North Dakota National Guard's Camp Grafton Training Center. That ride was the first leg of a trip to provide area employers and others a firsthand look at National Guard operations Thursday.
For many, Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the summer season and one last chance to fire up the grill and take a dip in the lake. But the real nature of the annual holiday is to act as a "national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country," according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Historians trace its origins to a parade of unions and "massive picnic" in 1882 in New York City, but it didn't become a legal holiday until 12 years later, according to the DOL.
ROLLA, N.D.—Marvin Nelson isn't shy about assessing his position on his party's list of choices of candidates for North Dakota governor. Asked whether he felt like he was the Democratic-NPL Party's third pick to run for governor after North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said she wouldn't attempt a return to Bismarck and former Agriculture Commissioner Sarah Vogel bowed out, Nelson offered a quick-witted response typical of his blunt style.