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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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.
GRAND FORKS—A section of a Grand Forks street remained closed late Tuesday morning, signaling the level of damage left by a Sunday night thunderstorm that knocked down trees and cut power to thousands of residents. The National Weather Service estimated that wind speeds reached 100 to 110 miles per hour in some areas during the storm. It was enough to tear off a portion of a home's roof and uproot trees.
A North Dakota business leader and Republican lawmakers criticized a new federal rule Thursday that would expand the number of workers eligible for overtime pay. The rule, finalized this week by the U.S. Department of Labor, would raise the threshold under which most salaried employees are guaranteed overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476 a year. All hourly employees are generally guaranteed overtime, according to a White House fact sheet.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Democratic legislators again called for a special session Thursday to deal with state budget cuts, citing recent public forums in Grand Forks and West Fargo addressing drug abuse. But a spokesman for Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple said his decision against a special session before the Legislature convenes next year still stands.