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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Commercial businesses may occupy a historic downtown Grand Forks building in the near future, a development that would follow in the footsteps of other nearby structures. Yellow Dart Industries has recently entered into a "lease-to-buy" agreement for the Mill Square three-story building at 301 N. Third St., and is now in discussions with several parties interested in using the 121-year-old building, the first two floors of which are vacant. Marcus Wax, business manager for Yellow Dart, said the area is served well by housing, pointing to new apartments that have gone up nearby.
Hotel managers and tourism directors in North Dakota are hoping for a busy summer season this year to help fill up the thousands of new rooms the state has added...
A Grand Forks real estate firm is branching out with another office in the region. Crary Real Estate added an office in Devils Lake's Holiday Mall this month, the company's operations manager, Adam Crary, said.
North Dakota Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Friday morning he will file a lawsuit against the federal government over transgender bathroom policy.
Legislation requiring all adults living in potential foster homes to undergo background checks before a Native American child can be placed there has passed Congress and is expected to be signed by President Barack Obama.
The office of Republican Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is considering whether to join officials from 11 other states in a legal battle with the federal government over transgender bathroom policy. Texas is leading the lawsuit, which accuses the federal government of overstepping its constitutional authority, Reuters reported Wednesday. The Obama administration said earlier this month that public schools in the U.S. must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity.
Grand Forks' Lincoln Golf Course remained closed Wednesday due to tree damage left by powerful winds Sunday night. Mike Fugazzi, forestry operations manager for the Grand Forks Park District, said Wednesday morning they had hoped to have it opened later in the day or Thursday. He said there were uprooted trees and damaged branches.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has agreed to establish a five-day-a-week Vet Center in Grand Forks on a six-month trial basis, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., said Wednesday. The VA is working to locate an operating space, according to a news release, but it's unclear exactly when the extended operations will begin.
A section of a Grand Forks street remained closed late Tuesday morning, signaling the level of damage left by a Sunday night thunderstorm that knocked down trees and cut power to thousands of residents. The National Weather Service estimated that wind speeds reached 100 to 110 miles per hour in some areas during the storm. It was enough to tear off a portion of a home's roof and uproot trees.
When Mark Rustad heard Monday morning the roof of an apartment building he helps oversee may have blown off during an overnight storm, he thought it was an exaggeration. "There was not a leaf on the ground in my neighborhood," said Rustad, who lives near Ralph Engelstad Arena on the other side of town from Cambridge Property Management's apartments in the 2300 block of South 12th Street. But it was no exaggeration. Chunks of the apartment building's roof indeed were strewn about the adjacent street and yards, as were tree limbs and other pieces of debris.