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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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, while declining to put the state's lone Democratic senator "on the spot" in the deeply red state. Trump spoke at the Andeavor refinery in Mandan, where he was flanked by workers wearing blue fire-resistant clothing. A white plume primarily of 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.
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 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.
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.