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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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."
RiverView Health is turning to the public for assistance in dealing with a projected physician shortage. The Crookston-based health care system is offering up to $20,000 to community members who help recruit physicians. It's a sort of "crowdsourcing" program that RiverView's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Colin Fennell likened to "six degrees of separation."
The East Grand Forks City Council voted Wednesday afternoon to settle a two-year dispute over a $510,000 economic development loan, though two of its members were unhappy with what the city got out of the deal. The council approved a settlement agreement that stipulates Boardwalk Enterprises, the entity that owns the commercial building at 415 Second St. N.W., and Boardwalk Bar and Grill pay $250,000 in cash. City staff members first said in April 2014 a $510,000 loan to Boardwalk Enterprises went unpaid for more than a decade.
The East Grand Forks City Council again pushed back a decision on settling a long-running dispute over an economic development loan, but the city attorney said Tuesday a settlement agreement is in the works.
East Grand Forks city officials were tight-lipped after a closed meeting called Monday to discuss a long-running dispute over a city loan and liquor license applications for a local establishment. The meeting was called to "discuss ongoing litigation and potential settlement of all issues and claims with the Boardwalk entities," according to a public notice that cited attorney-client privilege as justification for closing the meeting to the public.
Growing up in Texas, Nicholas Perez remembers working in the shop of his friend's dad as the impetus for his current career choice. "I just slowly became more interested in being a diesel mechanic," the recent Grand Forks Central High School graduate said. Now Perez is preparing to become part of Butler Machinery's "ThinkBig" program. Participants in that program will alternate between studying at schools such as the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton and working with a mentor at Butler for two months at a time.
A group of lawmakers from the upper Midwest and Manitoba gathered in Grand Forks over the past few days to discuss solutions to public policy dilemmas facing the region. The 16th annual International Legislators Forum concluded Friday at UND's Center for Innovation, where lawmakers talked about aquatic invasive species, human trafficking and genetically modified organisms, commonly referred to as GMOs. Eight North Dakota delegates were named to the event, along with seven from South Dakota, four from Minnesota and five from Manitoba, according to an online form.