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—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.
WASHINGTON-- A bill that would create a commission to explore issues facing Native American children is closer to becoming law after unanimously passing the U.S. House on Monday. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., already passed the Senate unanimously last year. With minor changes made by the House, the Senate will need to sign off before it heads to President Barack Obama’s desk, she said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A California-based company’s decision to build a new manufacturing facility in Mexico has shifted work away from the Cirrus Aircraft plant in Grand Forks.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley repeatedly called the protest over an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation “unlawful” Tuesday and called on tribal leaders to pull people out of what he described as an increasingly dangerous situation.
FOSSTON, Minn. -- As Leah Palubicki strode through the grocery store that bears her family’s name, she noted one of the aging building’s deficiencies: The aisles are too narrow. “They’re about five, five and a half feet,” she said. That will be just one of the improvements the new Palubicki’s Family Market will have over its old location. The grocer is building a new, 43,000-square-foot store next door to its current building on Fosston’s main drag, more than doubling its existing square footage.
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.