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Sam Easter

Contributing reporter

Sam Easter is a Michigan-based freelance reporter who has been a regular contributor to the Herald since 2019.

Easter, a native of Midland, Mich., graduated from Central Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in English, after which he interned and worked a general-assignment beat for the Bay City Times/MLive.

In 2015, he joined the Herald’s staff as City Hall reporter, covering North Dakota politics at all levels and conducting Herald investigations through early 2018, when he returned to Michigan and began his freelancing career.

His work has since appeared in The Washington Post, Vice, The Daily Beast and other publications.

Easter, who speaks English and Spanish and uses the pronouns he/him/his, can be reached at samkweaster@gmail.com or via Twitter via @samkweaster.

Before the vote, there were a number of speakers who voiced opinions about the city’s annexation plan.
Council leaders, who were meeting in committee session, voted 4-2 to approve early funding plans, which chart out the financial future of a north-end chunk of Falconer Township.
In an April 29 letter first reported by The Associated Press, WBI Energy Transmission told North Dakota leaders that the construction of a state-spanning pipeline is not “commercially viable at this time."
The decisions are not final, but they give a boost of momentum to a package heading quickly toward the construction of a corn mill from Fufeng Group — a China-based agribusiness launching a subsidiary in the U.S.
The incident is detailed in documents on file with the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, which were obtained this week by the Herald via open records request.
Petitioners have voiced concerns that the project could be bad for the environment, or consume too much water.
Signatures were gathered in an attempt to put the future of a proposal corn-milling factor to a public vote.
The land is located on the eastern side of Interstate 29, between 40th Avenue South and 47th Avenue South.
City leaders say it’s part of a basic review to ensure the petition itself is properly vetted. But it’s planted suspicion among petitioners, who bristle at the possibility of police involvement in an elections-related matter.
Markets have already recorded volatile swings for commodities like fuel and wheat, with one American benchmark for crude oil surging since mid-February.