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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FARGO—For Scott Meyer, the prospect of an open governor's race in North Dakota was an exciting one. Meyer, who runs a mortgage business in Grand Forks and is running as a Republican for the state Legislature, wanted to be part of the process to select the state's next leader. But he's finding out it's difficult to choose one. "I think all three are fantastic candidates," Meyer said Friday. "I'm really looking forward to hearing from them."
GRAND FORKS—A new survey shows three-fourths of Canadian travelers visit the Grand Forks area less often because of an unfavorable exchange rate. The survey results, which were released by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau Wednesday, help underline the Grand Forks business community's worries over fewer Canadians in local hotels, restaurants and shops. Seventy-six percent of respondents to the annual survey said the exchange rate means they visit Greater Grand Forks less often, compared with 63 percent who said the same thing last year.
GRAND FORKS—Heather Nelson is well-versed in the arguments over electronic cigarettes. Armed with a stack of printed news clippings behind the glass counter at her Grand Forks shop, SnG Vapor, she's adamant that the products her business sells helps smokers quit traditional cigarettes. But Nelson worries that a proposed tax in North Dakota will harm her business and present an obstacle for those looking to stop smoking. "I don't think it's fair to boost the tax on something that's actually helping them," she said.
GRAND FORKS—The Democratic candidates for the top jobs in North Dakota government criticized Republican leadership and argued for more balanced representation Wednesday during a Grand Forks campaign stop. The event marked the launch of state Sen. Joan Heckaman's bid for lieutenant governor, which comes a week after Rep. Marvin Nelson, D-Rolla, announced he would run for governor.
GRAND FORKS—The chairwoman of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party criticized Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Monday for his stance on recent violence at Donald Trump rallies. Kylie Oversen, who also is a state representative from Grand Forks, said Cramer's "recent statement trying to shift the blame for violence at Donald Trump's rallies is appalling and nonsensical." Trump, the current frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, canceled a rally Friday in Chicago after fights broke out between protesters and the candidate's supporters.
GRAND FORKS — A man who was found dead Friday morning in a car in the Flying J parking lot has been identified, but Grand Forks police still are trying...
GRAND FORKS -- Television viewers in the Red River Valley have seen a fairly one-sided presidential debate play out during commercial breaks this month. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator seeking the Democratic nomination for president, is the only candidate from either party spending money—more than $80,000—to run ads on major TV stations in the area, according to federal records. The ads have been running in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's caucuses in Minnesota.
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last weekend immediately sparked a debate over when the sudden vacancy on the nation’s highest court should be filled, and it’s now...
WASHINGTON—Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death last weekend immediately sparked a debate over when the sudden vacancy on the nation's highest court should be filled, and it's now creating disagreements between North Dakota's senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Republican presidential candidates have argued the vacancy should be filled after November's presidential election. In a statement on Monday, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., agreed.
BISMARCK — Whomever is elected North Dakota’s next governor will likely encounter a much different economic landscape than his or her predecessor. State general fund appropriations more than doubled from...