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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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 to piece together how the suspected murder unfolded. The death of Austin Brant Forsman, 24, Grand Forks, is being investigated as a homicide, police said. Krystal Lynn Feist, 31, is being held in the Grand Forks County Correction Center on suspicion of AA felony murder, according to a news release issued Saturday morning.
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 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.
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 the 2009-11 biennium to the 2013-15 biennium, but tumbling oil and agriculture commodity prices are forcing Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s potential successors to face a more challenging fiscal future. Dalrymple ordered a 4.05 percent budget cut to most state agencies last week in an effort to meet a $1.07 billion shortfall.
GRAND FORKS—Grand Forks Air Force Base will not be a temporary shelter for unaccompanied minors coming across the southern border, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., announced Monday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was considering using the base to house the children, many of whom have tried to escape gang violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras in recent years.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Facing a three-month wait to get fillings at another dental practice, Carolyn Reigstad found herself at Aspen Dental in Grand Forks Friday morning. "I'm going to have it done here now," she said. Aspen Dental, a national chain with more than 500 locations, cited dental health professional shortages in North Dakota for its decision to open a Grand Forks location. But researchers said population centers like the city of Grand Forks aren't where North Dakota's need for dentists is most pronounced.
GRAND FORKS-- University of North Dakota interim President Ed Schafer relayed an optimistic message to campus Monday after North Dakota's governor announced cuts to the state's budget, but he also said "every dollar" at the university would be examined. In a video message emailed to students, faculty and staff, Schafer said the "university is well-positioned to be able to tackle those challenges, for all of us to roll up our sleeves so that we work together to reshape our budget, to reshape this university so that it will be stronger in the years to come."
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—A 16th candidate will interview to become the next president of the University of North Dakota. The committee searching for Robert Kelley's long-term successor voted Thursday to invite Minot State University President Steven Shirley to in-person interviews that start Monday in the Twin Cities, but it declined do the same for Cankdeska Cikana Community College President Cynthia Lindquist.