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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BISMARCK — Top North Dakota officials charged with forming a new panel to oversee ethical standards in state government say they're looking for applicants without an political agenda, as the implementation of last year's ballot measure enters what observers see as a crucial phase.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota Democratic lawmaker will work as a reporter for two major news outlets in the state but will avoid covering state politics and other topics that could raise questions about impartiality, he said Thursday, May 16.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota judge has agreed with state utility regulators who said they lacked siting authority over an oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, dealing a blow to environmental groups fighting the project.
BISMARCK — While Democratic members of Minnesota's congressional delegation expressed alarm over the potential for the U.S. slipping into war with Iran this week, Republicans in the Dakotas touted the Trump administration's tough policies and downplayed the possibility of conflict.
BISMARCK — North Dakota fell from a high perch in the U.S. News and World Report comprehensive rankings of states, an annual list that was previously trumpeted by Gov. Doug Burgum. The rankings , which were released Tuesday, May 14, and used "thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens," put North Dakota at 15th overall. In each of the first two years of the list, the state ranked fourth.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for a North Dakota licensing board and an out-of-state company butted heads before the state's highest court Tuesday, May 14, over allegations the firm operated here illegally during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota legislative leader said Monday, May 13, that lawmakers won't return to Bismarck for a special session to ease restrictions imposed on State Auditor Josh Gallion and will instead wait nearly two years before considering any changes. Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson, made the declaration during an hourlong meeting in Gallion's state Capitol office. He said House Majority Leader Chet Pollert, a Republican from Carrington who attended by phone, agreed with the decision.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers will consider dialing back recent restrictions placed on state Auditor Josh Gallion when they reconvene in two years, a House budget-writer predicted Thursday, May 9. Rep. Keith Kempenich, R-Bowman, was involved in a last-minute amendment requiring the auditor to seek legislative approval before conducting performance audits. Such examinations have alleged a kaleidoscope of bookkeeping mistakes, ethical lapses and inappropriate use of state resources in recent years.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota lawmaker said Wednesday, May 8, he was taken aback by the tongue-lashing he received from a fellow legislator during a recent meeting over wind turbine regulations.
BISMARCK — The head of North Dakota's corrections system is looking forward to a wide-ranging legislative study of her department after lawmakers rejected plans to shuffle prisoners around the state. North Dakota lawmakers budgeted $400,000 to hire a consultant to aid in a study of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The agency's budget bill mandated that legislative leaders appoint a special six-member committee to examine the department before the 2021 session.