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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MINNEAPOLIS — Two rival manufacturers of outdoor recreation vehicles, both with operations in northwest Minnesota, are in the midst of a patent dispute. Polaris Industries sued Arctic Cat in December, claiming that Arctic Cat’s Wildcat line infringes on Polaris’ patents on its side-by-side all-terrain vehicles. “We...
GRAND FORKS — Under a PowerPoint slide reading, “Congratulations, Team North Dakota,” lawmakers, economic development officials and higher education leaders exchanged congratulatory messages Monday. They gathered after the Federal Aviation Administration named Grand Forks and the state as one of six test sites across the country for integrating unmanned aerial systems, often called drones, into the national airspace alongside manned craft.
In light of repeated revelations over the past six months about the federal government’s surveillance activities, some members of North Dakota’s congressional delegation said they favor reform. But what kind of changes may come to fruition remains unknown. Through Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, British newspaper The Guardian and The Washington Post, among other outlets, have revealed details of federal agencies’ surveillance programs that some argue threaten civil liberties. One program reportedly allows the federal government to gather bulk phone records of
GRAND FORKS — Voters will have the opportunity to change the structure of higher education governance next year when a constitutional amendment appears on the ballot. But some legislators in Grand Forks are raising concerns that the proposed constitutional amendment puts academic freedom at risk and diminishes the authority of university presidents. The amendment, which will appear on the November 2014 general election ballot, would replace the current eight-member volunteer State Board of Higher Education with a commission of three full-time members. If passed by voters, it would bec
GRAND FORKS — Expansion of a CHS Inc. facility in Grand Forks County is causing a border dispute between a neighboring property owner and the company. The controversy centers on a piece of land on the southeast corner of the Larimore Municipal Airport and the use of a roadway running through the property.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota’s skilled labor workforce is among the youngest in the country. The portion of skilled laborers — electricians, welders, machinists — approaching retirement age in North Dakota is well below the national average, according to data compiled by an international labor market analysis firm. Experts point to the North Dakota’s oil boom as one reason for that trend.
GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — The Air Force’s top officer says the service must curb growth in pay and benefits. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, who spoke at the Grand Forks Air Force Base on Monday, said pay, benefits and medical costs make up about half of the Air Force’s budget, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday. Welsh made clear he’s not advocating for cutting pay, but he said he wants Congress to consider slowing pay growth.
GRAND FORKS — Thursday will mark the official start of the holiday season. But retailers and bargain-hunting consumers will qualify Thursday’s significance with one extra word: shopping. Black Friday, the post-Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza marked with lines outside department stores and special sales, seems to be stretching further into Thursday every year.
GRAND FORKS — A proposal to develop a large swath of land in western North Dakota for oil production was scrutinized Wednesday during a state Industrial Commission Oil and Gas Division hearing in Grand Forks. QEP Resources is proposing to develop the Grail-Bakken Unit, which totals 25,000 acres in McKenzie County, rather than develop smaller individual units.
GRAND FORKS — As the University of North Dakota’s student numbers grow, so does the number of its top-level administrators. UND’s management structure has changed in several significant ways since President Robert Kelley took office in the summer of 2008.