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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Three years ago Wednesday, an unattended train carrying crude oil from North Dakota rolled down a hill toward the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The 74-car freight train derailed near the center of town, and the ensuing explosion and fire killed 47 people and destroyed much of the downtown core, a government report later said.
North Dakota has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the Obama administration's guidance on transgender bathroom policy, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, a Republican, said Friday. Nine other states joined North Dakota in filing the complaint in federal district court. A news release from Stenehjem's office states the mandate from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice "misinterprets federal law regarding how schools assign students to bathrooms and locker rooms."
The Grand Forks Downtown Development Association has moved to new digs down the street from its first office. The organization began a lease at the Dacotah Building at 200 First...
The developer of the region's Marco's Pizza restaurants wants to expand the eatery's reach in North Dakota. Joe Deck said this week he has immediate plans for a Minot restaurant...
A Northwood, N.D., store selling clothing for women and babies is opening a second store in the Grand Cities Mall. Denise Adams hopes to open The Spice of Life by the first of August. She said many of her customers come from other cities, so opening in Grand Forks could help her attract more traffic. "Northwood is a ways out," she said. "People who come twice a year would probably come more often." Adams, The Spice of Life's owner, said she shops for her products herself, unlike similar chain stores. "So I have a wide variety of brands," she said.
North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday it's "time to move on" after the end of an investigation into her party's presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and the former Secretary of State's handling of classified information. FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday his agency recommended no criminal charges be pursued against Clinton for her use of private email servers while she was Secretary of State. But Comey said Clinton and her colleagues were "extremely careless" in handling sensitive and "highly classified" information.
A Grand Forks refuse and recycling business is consolidating and expanding its operations here. Countrywide Sanitation was planning on building a new facility for its recycling division at 2500 N. 69th St. But it instead plans to renovate the Cretex concrete culvert facility north of Gateway Drive at 1925 N. 42nd St., according to a city staff report to the Grand Forks Growth Fund Committee. A remodel is expected to start this summer.
CROOKSTON — A Democratic Party official in northwest Minnesota may lose his political position over his decision to challenge the party's endorsed candidate for a state House seat. Erwin "Erv" Rud, of Fosston, Minn., was notified recently that the Polk County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party board may remove him from his director position. Despite pledging to abide by the party's endorsement convention, Rud chose to run against Mike Moore in the primary election for the District 1B House seat, the local party's Chairman Frank Wirsing said.
Financial experts in Grand Forks are recommending investors take a deep breath after political turmoil across the pond caused stocks to drop in recent days. The United Kingdom shockingly voted to leave the 28-member European Union last week, and stocks plunged in the following days. That affected everything from retirement to college savings plans, said Derrick Johnson, a financial planner at Johnson Wealth Management in Grand Forks.
RED LAKE FALLS, Minn.—Hanging near the front door of Christopher Ingraham's home is a sign that reads "Home," with the "O" replaced by an outline of the state of Minnesota. It's a symbol of his embrace of what he once called "the absolute worst place to live in America."