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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CANDO, N.D. – A semi-retired farmer from Cando will fill a vacant seat in the North Dakota Legislature left by Republican Rep. Curt Hofstad’s sudden death last month. District 15...
CANDO, N.D.—A semi-retired farmer from Cando will fill a vacant seat in the North Dakota Legislature left by Republican Rep. Curt Hofstad's sudden death last month. District 15 Republicans voted Saturday to appoint Greg Westlind, a longtime friend of Hofstad's, to the seat, just a couple of weeks before lawmakers convene in Bismarck for a special session called by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address the state's budget shortfall. Westlind hasn't been sworn into office yet, but he anticipates doing so before the special session, which is scheduled for Aug. 2 through 4.
BISMARCK—A spate of violence here and abroad has prompted North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to order state agencies to fly the U.S. and state flags at half-staff for two dozen days so far this year, already surpassing last year's total.
BISMARCK—North Dakota has joined a lawsuit against the federal government over the Obama administration's guidance on transgender bathroom policy, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said Friday. North Dakota is one of 10 states that filed the complaint Friday in federal district court. A news release from Stenehjem's office argues the mandate from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice "misinterprets federal law regarding how schools assign students to bathrooms and locker rooms."
BISMARCK—More than 125,000 ballots were cast in the North Dakota primary election as of 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. The North Dakota Secretary of State's website showed 125,855 ballots cast, or about...
GRAND FORKS—With a week left before voters head to the polls in a hotly contested Republican primary election race for North Dakota governor, the Democratic candidate in the race took several shots at his would-be general election competitors. Marvin Nelson, a state representative from Rolla and the Democratic-NPL Party's endorsed candidate for governor, touched on an array of topics in a Monday interview with the Grand Forks Herald editorial board. That included environmental and energy policy, minimum wage, economic development and criminal justice reform.
GRAND FORKS—The Federal Election Commission has dismissed allegations against North Dakota Republican leaders and a political action committee over foreign campaign contributions that were refunded after Grand Forks Democrats filed a complaint.
North Dakota Democratic leaders are raising alarms about whether the state will be able to continue to provide property tax relief during tough fiscal times, but others don't appear worried. The state has eased property taxes, which are levied by local governments, through a 12 percent buydown. For the current two-year budget cycle, the state set aside $250 million for the buydown.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is anticipating filing a legal challenge to the Obama administration's directive on transgender bathroom policy next week. Stenehjem, a Republican who is also running for governor, announced efforts last week to form a coalition with other attorneys general to file a lawsuit. He anticipated at the time he would file the suit this week, but as of late morning Friday, Stenehjem told the Herald it had not been submitted.
BISMARCK—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.