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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Buying a home for the first time can be an overwhelming experience, but experts in the field say there are some things prospective homebuyers can do to ease those headaches. Roseann Lund, senior vice president of mortgage lending at Gate City Bank, said first-time homebuyers should get prequalified or preapproved for a mortgage. That helps ensure that "we're looking at homes that are in the right price range for what they can do so they don't fall in love with something that's not attainable," said Becky Aadnes, a real estate agent at Alliance Real Estate in Bismarck.
Homeownership seems out of reach for Amy Kielmeyer. Saddled with about $80,000 in student debt, the University of North Dakota lecturer rents an apartment in East Grand Forks, Minn. Absent a boost in income, she doesn't foresee being able to afford a home of her own. "When I really sit down and think about it, if nothing were to change and I would just continue where I'm at right now, I don't think I would ever be able to own a house," Kielmeyer said. "At this point I just sort of stopped even thinking about it."
BISMARCK, N.D.—North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, on Friday, Jan. 12, asked the state Supreme Court to reject arguments from lawmakers who challenged Gov. Doug Burgum's vetoes, arguing that two bills passed last year give too much power to a subset of the Legislature.
BISMARCK—The state of Minnesota is fighting attorneys' fees awarded to North Dakota in a long-running dispute over a Minnesota clean energy law. Almost a year ago, Minnesota appealed a federal judge's order awarding North Dakota more than $1.3 million in attorneys' fees and other costs in the case. Arguments are scheduled for Oct. 18 in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul.
BISMARCK—Citing "fundamental disagreements" between regulators in North Dakota and Minnesota, Xcel Energy has proposed creating a separate company to serve its North Dakota electric customers.
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."