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Sam Easter

Contributing reporter

Sam Easter is a Michigan-based freelance reporter who has been a regular contributor to the Herald since 2019.

Easter, a native of Midland, Mich., graduated from Central Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in English, after which he interned and worked a general-assignment beat for the Bay City Times/MLive.

In 2015, he joined the Herald’s staff as City Hall reporter, covering North Dakota politics at all levels and conducting Herald investigations through early 2018, when he returned to Michigan and began his freelancing career.

His work has since appeared in The Washington Post, Vice, The Daily Beast and other publications.

Easter, who speaks English and Spanish and uses the pronouns he/him/his, can be reached at or via Twitter via @samkweaster.

Council leaders, who were meeting in committee session, voted 4-2 to approve early funding plans, which chart out the financial future of a north-end chunk of Falconer Township.
In an April 29 letter first reported by The Associated Press, WBI Energy Transmission told North Dakota leaders that the construction of a state-spanning pipeline is not “commercially viable at this time."
Closed-door meeting took place Wednesday afternoon.
City Administrator Todd Feland said city leaders are set to meet with FBI agents for an “unclassified briefing” on Wednesday at City Hall.
Signatures were gathered in an attempt to put the future of a proposal corn-milling factor to a public vote.
Markets have already recorded volatile swings for commodities like fuel and wheat, with one American benchmark for crude oil surging since mid-February.
Ben Grzadzielewski, one of the leading members of the petition drive, said that petitioners handed over 5,318 signatures at 11 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
During a loud meeting marked by upset residents, the City Council voted 5-1 to approve tax breaks for the proposed project.
A timeline toward construction unfolds over the next few months. On March 7, the city is slated to approve major property tax breaks for the project, complementing similar incentives already approved by county and school district leaders. By the end of April, the city will likely finish the process of annexing the site of the future Fufeng plant, as well as a group of nearby businesses that have been skeptical of the deal.
GRAND FORKS-When plans for the Northern Plains Nitrogen fertilizer plant were announced in May 2013, its backers were full of optimism.During an event to unveil the project, there was talk of a 2,000-person corps of construction workers, a staff ...