John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.
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MANDAN, N.D. — Law enforcement officials urged calm over ongoing protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline Saturday, two days before the Army Corps of Engineers has said it plans to close a protest camp. The Army Corps announcement came a few days before North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered an evacuation of the protest camps on Army Corps land, citing harsh winter weather. Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said Saturday he's been asked "a hundred times, if not more," about what will happen Monday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—John Olson's email inbox has been inundated lately with messages about the election. The details vary, but the overriding message is clear: Don't vote for Donald Trump on Dec. 19. As one of North Dakota's three electors, Olson is tasked with representing his state in the Electoral College by casting a vote for one of the presidential candidates. And even though Trump won North Dakota with 63 percent of the vote, Olson said Monday he's been receiving "hundreds" of messages asking him to vote against the Republican president-elect.
GRAND FORKS — Steve Gander has lived through a handful of major floods in the Grand Forks area, including the record 1997 Red River flood that decimated the two communities bordering the sleepy river. But two decades later, Gander isn't concerned about another similar disaster. "I probably have about as much worry about the repeat, massive flood through our community as I (worry about) a piano falling on my head," the incoming mayor of East Grand Forks said.
GRAFTON, N.D.—North Dakota state Sen. Tom Campbell, R-Grafton, is eyeing a seat in Congress, but what seat he will end up running for will depend on Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D.
GRAND FORKS — FedEx will pay the Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority more than $2.7 million under an agreement the airport's board approved Thursday, Nov. 17, nine months after the company said it would move operations to Fargo. FedEx recently shifted its air cargo operations from the Grand Forks International Airport to Fargo's Hector International Airport. The company, based in Memphis, Tenn., started flight service in and out of Fargo more than two weeks ago.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Minnesota and North Dakota were among the top states for volunteering last year, a report released Tuesday said. The Corporation for National and Community Service said 35.4 percent of Minnesota residents volunteered in 2015, which was second-highest in the country, including Washington, D.C. North Dakota ranked 15th, with 30.7 percent of its residents volunteering last year.
GRAND FORKS — The results of last week's election may mean the end for the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said Monday. But a prominent environmental group appears to be ready to fight back against any attempts to repeal the regulation.
Heidi Heitkamp isn't up for re-election this year, but that doesn't mean she's staying off the campaign trail. The Democratic U.S. senator from North Dakota has made campaign appearances with candidates looking to unseat Republican incumbents in Missouri, Kentucky and Arkansas in recent weeks, as Democrats look to win back control of the Senate Tuesday.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—University of North Dakota student leaders are trying to get the word out to their classmates about North Dakota's voter identification requirements, which have changed several times over the past few years with legislative revisions and a more recent legal challenge. "There has been confusion," UND Student Body President Brandon Beyer said. Beyer sent out an email to UND students last week with information from the Secretary of State's office in an effort to alert students about what they need to do in order to vote.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Doug Burgum, the Republican candidate for North Dakota governor, said Tuesday he may be open to reauthorizing the state's Medicaid expansion, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. The North Dakota Legislature passed a Medicaid expansion bill in 2013. The program is available to people between the ages of 19 and 65 years old with household incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, according to the North Dakota Department of Human Services.