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Sam Easter

Contributing reporter

Sam Easter is a Michigan-based freelance reporter who has been a regular contributor to the Herald since 2019.

Easter, a native of Midland, Mich., graduated from Central Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in English, after which he interned and worked a general-assignment beat for the Bay City Times/MLive.

In 2015, he joined the Herald’s staff as City Hall reporter, covering North Dakota politics at all levels and conducting Herald investigations through early 2018, when he returned to Michigan and began his freelancing career.

His work has since appeared in The Washington Post, Vice, The Daily Beast and other publications.

Easter, who speaks English and Spanish and uses the pronouns he/him/his, can be reached at or via Twitter via @samkweaster.

Candidates were surveyed by email, and responded earlier this month with their answers. Today, the Herald is reviewing how each candidate feels about Fufeng Group.
On Friday, City Administrator Todd Feland expressed optimism about the deal’s future. But he also shared an email exchange with an attorney for local property owners that raises the possibility they might protest an annexation of their land.
After the council met in executive session, council members voted on multiple planning measures that help prepare for Fufeng’s arrival.
An appeal from one of the leaders of the petition group has landed in Grand Forks District Court, sketching out an administrative appeal of the city’s decision.
Council leaders, who were meeting in committee session, voted 4-2 to approve early funding plans, which chart out the financial future of a north-end chunk of Falconer Township.
Proponents of local corn mill factory can’t shake community suspicion that Fufeng is up to no good.
In an April 29 letter first reported by The Associated Press, WBI Energy Transmission told North Dakota leaders that the construction of a state-spanning pipeline is not “commercially viable at this time."
The approvals help move Fufeng Group closer to construction on a massive corn-milling plant that proponents say will dramatically boost Grand Forks’ local economy.
The Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, with a roughly $3 billion budget and an operational date projected for 2027, will create a channel for sending floodwaters around the west side of Fargo and onward north.
Closed-door meeting took place Wednesday afternoon.