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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EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- Two Republican candidates are vying for the chance to end longtime Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson’s tenure representing Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District. Dave Hughes, a retired Air Force officer from Karlstad and the GOP-endorsed candidate, is facing Amanda Lynn Hinson, an author and small business owner in Long Prairie. The winner of Tuesday’s primary election will face Peterson in November in a battle to represent a wide swath of western Minnesota.
An alleged home invasion and assault just north of the UND campus early Thursday led to the arrest of two Grand Forks men, both of whom were found hiding in a dumpster. Grand Forks police officers were called at 3:42 a.m. Thursday to the 1000 block of North 39th Street for a report of a home invasion and assault, according to a news release. “Multiple suspects” entered the residence and assaulted a female resident, as well as a male resident who came to her assistance.
RED LAKE FALLS, MINN. -- Hanging near the front door of Christopher Ingraham’s home is a sign that reads “Home,” with the “O” replaced by an outline of the state of Minnesota. It’s a symbol of his embrace of what he once called “the absolute worst place to live in America.”
WASHINGTON -- A leader of a Grand Forks, N.D., company welcomed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week that North Dakota lawmakers called a victory for landowner rights.
PLUMMER, Minn.--Minnesota Sen. LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, announced Wednesday he won't seek re-election this fall after more than 35 years in the Legislature. Stumpf, the longest-serving active Minnesota senator, said "the time is right" for he and his wife, Carol, to spend more time with each other and family. He has three adult children and eight grandchildren.
DETROIT LAKES — Longtime U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL-Minn., defeated Torrey Westrom, a Republican state senator, in the race for the U.S. House in Tuesday’s election. With 75.1 percent of precincts reporting just before midnight, Peterson was leading with 54.1 percent of votes. Westrom had 45.8 percent of votes. Complete results were not available at press time, but the Associated Press had called the race in Peterson’s favor and Westrom later conceded. Peterson has represented Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District since 1991.
BEMIDJI -- Although Bemidji City Hall and the Beltrami County Administration building are only three blocks away, the paths of those who occupy those buildings seemingly don't cross that often. On Tuesday night, the governing bodies of the two entities met to discuss various issues that affect both of them. Among those issues was preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in local lakes and rivers. But both sides seemed to agree another government body -- the state -- should take larger role than it has been.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji City Council on Monday approved initiating an energy audit of city facilities. That audit will be performed by Honeywell, which will find ways how the city can save money on energy. The firm originally estimated that the city could save between $230,000 and $270,000 per year if they follow through on some recommendations. The council approved initiating the audit unanimously.
BEMIDJI -- A Hawley, Minn., man suffered several broken bones after he crashed an ATV in Paul Bunyan State Forest on Friday night. Logan Langerud, 26, was driving a 2009 Polaris Ranger on a trail when he hit a curve too fast and overturned, according to a press release from the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, which responded to the incident. Langerud was pinned under the ATV until his passenger, 25-year-old Justin Giere also of Hawley, lifted it off of him and drove for help.
BEMIDJI -- Minnesota's newly created health exchanged unveiled its ad campaign Sunday, with a couple of recognizable figures as its stars. The MNsure ads feature Bemidji's Paul Bunyan statue getting into various dilemmas that would require the legendary giant to visit the hospital, such as a water skiing accident and woodpeckers attacking his head while Babe the Blue Ox looks on.