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 — A Grand Forks woman has sued American Crystal Sugar Co. over alleged sexual discrimination and harassment. Janine Bailey filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota. In a 2007 declaration filed with the court she alleges she was denied positions at American Crystal Sugar’s plant in East Grand Forks because she’s a woman, her colleagues pulled pranks on her and she feared retaliation for supporting another female colleague. Bailey filed a complaint with the U.S.
GRAND FORKS—A University of North Dakota department chairman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of possessing child pornography. A police investigation found Internet Protocol (IP) addresses allegedly associated with Robert William Beattie, 55, of Grand Forks, had been active in disseminating child pornography, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Grand Forks Police Department.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The sky above Brent Sanford's head isn't falling. As mayor of Watford City, a western North Dakota town in the heart of the state's oil boom, he's often asked these days if falling oil prices are bringing a bust to his community. But during a presentation Monday in Grand Forks, he talked instead about infrastructure projects his community needs to support what he expects to be long-term oil production. "The $50 oil is definitely bringing out the Chicken Littles," he said.
FARGO — A new North Dakota State University study argues North Dakota’s campaign finance laws have a “blind spot” that could be hindering the transparency of its elections. North Dakota law only requires campaign committees to report the names and organizations that have contributed more than $200, and not for those giving $200 or less.
BISMARCK -- Gay rights supporters in North Dakota celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage Friday, a historic decision that overturns the state's ban on those unions. Friday's decision came 11 years after almost three-fourths of North Dakota voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Friday morning North Dakota will follow the Supreme Court's ruling. "The U.S.
WASHINGTON -- Members of North Dakota's and Minnesota's congressional delegations had mixed feelings on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Thursday to uphold nationwide tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. King v. Burwell hinged on whether those who purchased coverage through federal exchanges were eligible for tax subsidies.
GRAND FORKS -- Some of the biggest insurance companies in North Dakota and Minnesota have proposed double-digit rate increases for premiums on plans purchased outside of the workplace, a trend one official said has to do with higher health care costs. Blue Cross Blue Shield, the largest health insurer in North Dakota, proposed an average 18.4 percent increase on its individual insurance plans starting in 2016. Its counterpart in Minnesota proposed rate increases of at least 50 percent on several products. The Blues isn't alone in proposing higher rates. HealthPartners Insurance Co.
GRAND FORKS — Choice Financial will acquire another North Dakota community bank this year, a move that would further expand its reach outside of the Red River Valley and increase its assets to more than $1 billion, Choice announced Monday morning. Pending regulatory approvals, Choice plans to acquire Northland Financial sometime in the third quarter.
The North Dakota Attorney General said Friday "it is fair to assume" his state would join a legal challenge to new federal water rules that critics say are a regulatory overreach. The Obama administration announced the final version of the Waters of the U.S. rule last week, which clarifies what waterways fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A number of groups and lawmakers have raised concerns that the rule broadens federal authority, with U.S. Rep.
GRAND FORKS -- At 78, Mary Lou Kurtyka wants to keep working. But she says she doesn't need the money. Instead, her job greeting customers and doing odd jobs at Applebee's in Grand Forks a few days a week helps keep her busy after she retired from her job in the receiving department at the University of North Dakota Bookstore. And it keeps her in social settings four years after her husband, LeRoy, died. "I think I could make it without working, but I just like to be around people," she said. Kurtyka is among a growing portion of older people in the U.S.