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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FARGO—The three candidates for North Dakota governor debated one final time Monday before the November election. The roughly half-hour debate, sponsored by AARP in North Dakota and taped at Prairie Public Broadcasting in downtown Fargo, featured discussion on the state of North Dakota's budget, a large protest over an oil pipeline and caregiver services. Republican Doug Burgum faced off against Democrat Marvin Nelson and Libertarian Marty Riske.
Doug Burgum, the Republican candidate for North Dakota governor, criticized sexually aggressive remarks made by his party's presidential nominee Donald Trump that surfaced over the weekend. "These comments are offensive, wrong and unacceptable," Burgum said in a two-sentence statement provided to the Herald Saturday night. "It is disappointing that our presidential nominating system produced two flawed candidates."
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."