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Sam Easter

Contributing reporter

Sam Easter is a 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 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 samkweaster@gmail.com or via Twitter via @samkweaster.

In North Dakota, as for the rest of the country, it’s not really clear what happens next. Much will depend on how the Federal Reserve continues to manage the economy; even more will depend on how quickly inflation continues to rise.
“I still think it's a huge opportunity for North Dakota to have value-added agriculture,” said Gov. Doug Burgum. But Sen. Kevin Cramer believes that "we need a broader decoupling of China."
The project, if completed, would represent an enormous investment in Grand Forks’ economy — if it can withstand all the scrutiny.
The letter specifically asks for a close federal review of the land purchase made earlier this year in northern Grand Forks that makes way for the company’s arrival — which is still being vetted by City Hall. But Fufeng Group’s ties to China have drawn significant criticism.
Not all Chinese outreach should be suspect, the bulletin also says; Fufeng USA’s COO notes no Chinese government ownership
A lawyer said she thinks CFIUS will find the matter is not in its jurisdiction. She also said that CFIUS already seems to have begun asking questions about the project, too.
The authorities ultimately found no cause for concern, a police report states.
A handful of Democrats who backed the bill are still in the Legislature.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger has a letter showing that Benson County terminated its elections agreement with the city after Oberon failed to provide county elections officials with ballot information. He’d also heard worries from a local citizen that the election wouldn’t be held at all.
Katie Dachtler and Jeannie Mock are departing the Council later this month after declining to run for reelection. Replacing them will be Tricia Lunski and Rebecca Osowski, who won in Tuesday's election.