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—Hundreds gathered at the North Dakota state Capitol Wednesday, Aug. 30, to honor Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, whose body was found in the Red River over the weekend. Standing before the crowd on the Capitol steps, Jon Eagle Sr. said he didn't want LaFontaine-Greywind's death "to be for nothing." He said many Native Americans have already gone through similar tragedies and Native women experience violence at a higher rate than other races.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota Public Service Commission took no formal action after meeting behind closed doors for about an hour Tuesday, Aug. 8, regarding a complaint against the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline. The meeting, which was closed to the public for attorney consultation, came about nine months after commission staff filed a formal complaint alleging the company failed to get permission before adjusting the pipeline's route once "cultural materials" were discovered. Staff proposed a $15,000 fine in early November.
BISMARCK — A spokeswoman for the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline said Thursday, July 13, its offer to help the state of North Dakota with law enforcement costs associated with the pipeline protests is still on the table. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners has "made an offer to help the state with these costs as we know it placed a great burden on the state," said spokeswoman Vicki Granado, who added that they "are thankful to law enforcement for ensuring the safety of our employees, our assets and those who live and work in the area."
BISMARCK -- The state of North Dakota’s efforts to recover costs associated with the monthslong Dakota Access Pipeline protests hit a snag in recent weeks, but state officials say they’re continuing to explore their options.
BISMARCK—A security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline that's now facing regulatory scrutiny said Wednesday, June 28, it's the subject of a "misinformation campaign."
BISMARCK -- A North Dakota board has accused a private security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline of operating in the state without a license.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said it's "very likely" the state will sue the federal government to recoup cleanup costs associated with the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp on federal land. Stenehjem's comments on Wednesday, Feb. 22, came hours before an evacuation order issued by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum takes effect for people occupying Army Corps of Engineers land adjacent to the Cannonball River in southern Morton County. State officials have said a cleanup is needed to prevent debris from washing into the river during spring flooding.
BISMARCK -- A group of North Dakota lawmakers have reintroduced legislation to ban discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation, setting up what could be a replay of one of the more contentious legislative battles from two years ago. State law already prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, disability and other statuses. House Bill 1386, introduced Monday, Jan. 16, would add sexual orientation to that list.
MANDAN, N.D. — Law enforcement officials urged calm over ongoing protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline Saturday, two days before the Army Corps of Engineers has said it plans to close a protest camp. The Army Corps announcement came a few days before North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple ordered an evacuation of the protest camps on Army Corps land, citing harsh winter weather. Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said Saturday he's been asked "a hundred times, if not more," about what will happen Monday.
GRAND FORKS — Kathy Klath had spent 18 years in the insurance and investments industry before she decided to open her own business. Now more than a year into owning Mainstream Boutique near the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, Klath cited her father’s entrepreneurial spirit as one of her inspirations. “I feel like it was kind of in my blood,” she said. Klath is among a growing number of women who own their own businesses in North Dakota and across the country.