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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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Internet retail giant Amazon has proposed paying more than $845,000 to terminate its lease at a city-owned building in west Grand Forks. The Seattle-based company had been occupying about 29,000 square feet of the building at 1400 S. 48th St. in the Grand Forks Industrial Park since September 2011. But Amazon notified the city in April that it was exercising its right to terminate the lease after September 2018, according to a city staff memo published ahead of today's Grand Forks Growth Fund Committee meeting.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A candidate for the North Dakota House was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in late July. Emily O'Brien, who is running as a Republican for Grand Forks' District 42, was arrested in the early hours of July 27 near the intersection of North Third Street and First Avenue in downtown Grand Forks, according to court records. A breath test showed her blood alcohol concentration was .147 percent, above the .08 legal limit, according to a copy of her citation. Court records don't include a narrative of the incident.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Altru Health System's ambitious plans to remake its main campus on South Columbia Road in Grand Forks are on hold for now, but leaders say it remains their vision for the future of the city's dominant health care provider. The 2012 acquisition of its facilities on South Washington Street opened the door for delaying Altru's master plan, which calls for a new procedure center, clinic, imaging and emergency department as well as a bed tower.
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.