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 — While Democratic members of Minnesota's congressional delegation expressed alarm over the potential for the U.S. slipping into war with Iran this week, Republicans in the Dakotas touted the Trump administration's tough policies and downplayed the possibility of conflict.
BISMARCK — Forum Communications Co. President and CEO Bill Marcil Jr. was elected to the board of the News Media Alliance, an industry advocacy group, the organization said Wednesday, May 1. Marcil, who is also publisher of the company's flagship newspaper, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, was elected to a one-year term that began Wednesday. Mark Aldam, the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Hearst, was named its board chairman.
BISMARCK — On the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation, where the tribal chairman estimated the unemployment rate sits at 60 percent, $15 could buy a new tribal identification or help pay heating bills through a long North Dakota winter. So amid a multi-year legal and legislative battle over North Dakota's voter ID laws, Chairman Jamie Azure signed an executive order to provide free tribal IDs for a limited time. Demand was so high, he said, the machine overheated and started melting the IDs.
BISMARCK — A Minnesota woman pleaded guilty to voting twice during the 2016 election in a Cass County (N.D.) court Tuesday, Sept. 25, marking a rare prosecution of such an offense in North Dakota.
BISMARCK — President Donald Trump will be back in North Dakota next week to headline a “VIP reception and fundraiser” for Rep. Kevin Cramer’s campaign, the Republican congressman said Wednesday, Aug. 29. Trump will be in Fargo Sept. 7. It will mark the president’s second visit to the state’s most populous city during the closely watched contest between Cramer and Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, who’s seeking a second term representing the deeply red state that Trump won with 63 percent of the vote.
BISMARCK — North Dakota Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer and Minnesota Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson will be among the House farm bill negotiators looking to smooth over differences with the Senate, leaders of their respective parties announced Wednesday, July 18. "I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working to bring the maximum benefits to North Dakota farmers in the bill," Cramer said in a statement.
FARGO - Calling Sen. Heidi Heitkamp a “liberal Democrat,” President Donald Trump lent a hand to North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer’s campaign in a rambunctious speech Wednesday, June 27, at Scheels Arena in Fargo. Trump touched on the hotly contested Senate race early in his 71-minute speech to an adoring crowd of thousands that packed the arena. He criticized Heitkamp’s record on tax cuts, health care, immigration and abortion.
BISMARCK — The head of the organization representing Minnesota tribal gaming interests downplayed the potential benefits of sports betting this week, a month after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to legalize the operations. But John McCarthy, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, said they're still studying the issue. "The proponents of sports betting are touting it as a panacea, this is the end-all of state budget woes," he said Tuesday, June 12. "That isn't the case. Sports betting (has) somewhat of a limited profit margin."
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE — A commander at this North Dakota air base was relieved of his duties after grenade rounds and a machine gun were lost, the base said Wednesday, May 23. Col. Jason Beers, commander of the 91st Security Forces Group, was ousted “due to a loss of trust and confidence,” according to Col. Colin Connor, commander of the 91st Missle Wing. Beers was responsible for ensuring the group was “trained, organized and equipped” to secure 150 Minuteman III missiles and launch facilities, along with 15 missile alert facilities across 8,500 square miles.
BISMARCK — The head of the North Dakota Trade Office said there are "still transactions happening" despite a report that China is "shunning" U.S. soybeans amid a trade dispute between the two countries. Bloomberg quoted the head of the world's largest oilseed processor Wednesday, May 2, as saying China is "very deliberately not buying anything from the U.S." and is shifting to other markets such as Brazil. But NDTO Executive Director Simon Wilson said Thursday he's heard that "it's actually pretty difficult for China to stop purchasing U.S. soybeans."