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 -- 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.
FARGO — A new venture from Forum Communications Co. is seeking to acquire and invest in companies outside of the traditional media industry. Gen7 Investments, a reference to past and future generations of the company's family ownership, was launched recently and made its first investment in a marketing calendar software firm last week. Although it's a separate business, Gen7 is a company of Forum Communications and run by company leaders.
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.
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.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The House race in Minnesota's 7th Congressional District was close late Tuesday, Nov. 8, but Democrat Collin Peterson claimed a slight lead. Peterson, who represents a large chunk of western Minnesota and lives in Detroit Lakes, faced Republican Dave Hughes, a retired Air Force officer from Karlstad who now works for General Atomics at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Peterson was seeking a 14th term in Congress With 927 of 1,329 precincts reporting, Peterson captured 52 percent of the vote, while Hughes notched 48 percent.
THIEF RIVER FALLS—As Dave Doherty walked through Digi-Key Electronics' Thief River Falls headquarters last week, he shared a joke with a worker and slapped him on the back. "I walk down the hall and my cheeks are sore at the end of the day from saying 'hello' and 'good afternoon,'" he said.
RED LAKE FALLS — As a journalist, it’s Christopher Ingraham’s job to ask questions. But it was Red Lake County residents who had a few questions for him Thursday, namely:...
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A northeast North Dakota landowner is one step closer to appealing his case to the state Supreme Court after a hearing over a crude oil pipeline...
FARGO, N.D. — The American Sugar Alliance has praised the tentative agreement between the Mexican and U.S. governments to place limits on Mexican sugar shipments to the U.S. and to...
EAST GRAND FORKS — Speaking to a small group gathered at the East Grand Forks American Legion Monday afternoon, Torrey Westrom laid out his platform. The Republican state senator running...