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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Buying a home for the first time can be an overwhelming experience, but experts in the field say there are some things prospective homebuyers can do to ease those headaches. Roseann Lund, senior vice president of mortgage lending at Gate City Bank, said first-time homebuyers should get prequalified or preapproved for a mortgage. That helps ensure that "we're looking at homes that are in the right price range for what they can do so they don't fall in love with something that's not attainable," said Becky Aadnes, a real estate agent at Alliance Real Estate in Bismarck.
Homeownership seems out of reach for Amy Kielmeyer. Saddled with about $80,000 in student debt, the University of North Dakota lecturer rents an apartment in East Grand Forks, Minn. Absent a boost in income, she doesn't foresee being able to afford a home of her own. "When I really sit down and think about it, if nothing were to change and I would just continue where I'm at right now, I don't think I would ever be able to own a house," Kielmeyer said. "At this point I just sort of stopped even thinking about it."
BISMARCK — A trial has been scheduled in the case of a Dakota Access Pipeline security firm that a North Dakota regulatory board alleged was operating in the state without a license during the monthslong protests. A five-day trial is set to begin Oct. 8 at the Burleigh County Courthouse, according to a scheduling order signed by District Judge John Grinsteiner Monday, Jan. 8.
BISMARCK — A federal judge ordered the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday, Dec. 4, to work with two American Indian tribes on an oil spill response plan for the project's Lake Oahe crossing.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission extended a contract Friday, Nov. 3, with a firm tasked with inspecting the Sandpiper Pipeline's construction despite the project being shelved more than a year ago. But that doesn't mean the oil pipeline is being resurrected.
BISMARCK—A federal judge declined to vacate the Dakota Access oil pipeline's easement on Wednesday, Oct. 11, while the project undergoes further analysis. U.S District Court Judge James Boasberg's order comes about four months after he ruled the Army Corps of Engineers had failed to fully follow the National Environmental Protection Act when it said the pipeline wouldn't have a significant environmental impact. He sent the matter back to the agency for further evaluation, but sought feedback on a proper remedy.
BISMARCK—The state of Minnesota is fighting attorneys' fees awarded to North Dakota in a long-running dispute over a Minnesota clean energy law. Almost a year ago, Minnesota appealed a federal judge's order awarding North Dakota more than $1.3 million in attorneys' fees and other costs in the case. Arguments are scheduled for Oct. 18 in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul.
BISMARCK—Citing "fundamental disagreements" between regulators in North Dakota and Minnesota, Xcel Energy has proposed creating a separate company to serve its North Dakota electric customers.
MANDAN, N.D. -- President Donald Trump struck a populist tone in his push for tax cuts and reform at an oil refinery here Wednesday, Sept. 6. Trump spoke at the Andeavor refinery in Mandan, where he was flanked by refinery workers in blue fire resistant clothing. A white plume of primarily water vapor emitted from a large stack in the background.
BISMARCK -- President Donald Trump plans to visit North Dakota next week, Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told Forum News Service Thursday, Aug. 31. The Republican president’s visit to the Bismarck-Mandan area Wednesday will be focused on tax reform, Hoeven said. Another person with knowledge of the plans said earlier Thursday that Trump planned to give a speech at a Mandan refinery, but Hoeven said he could not confirm potential sites.