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 — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said North Dakota is "ahead of the curve" in making broadband accessible to its residents during a visit with communications companies in Bismarck Monday, Sept. 16.
BISMARCK — North Dakota and Minnesota would see some of the largest percentage decreases in households receiving food stamp benefits under a proposed federal rule tightening eligibility requirements, according to a study released Thursday, Sept. 5.
BISMARCK — Soybean exports out of the Pacific Northwest, the primary destination for North Dakota's crop, are down 40% this year amid continuing trade disputes with China. The shipment figures, provided by the North Dakota Soybean Council, reflect a major drop in the current marketing year, which will end in the coming days. Harrison Weber, director of market development for the council, said it wasn't clear how much of the outbound soybeans were originally from North Dakota, but he noted more than 70% of the state's crop goes to the Pacific Northwest.
BISMARCK — The head of the North Dakota Mill and Elevator said Wednesday, Aug. 28, the state-owned operation managed to record a historically successful year despite a resurgence in low-carb diets that helped reduce profits. The flour mill, located in Grand Forks, posted $10.6 million in profits for the fiscal year that ended June 30, down from $14.2 million the year before, which marked the third-most in its history. The financial information was presented to state regulators Wednesday.
BISMARCK — The developer of a wind farm in northwest North Dakota that state regulators recently rejected is planning to submit a new proposal, a spokesperson said Wednesday, Aug. 14.
BISMARCK — A federal appeals court sided with a group of farm equipment makers that challenged a 2017 North Dakota law regulating the relationship between manufacturers and dealers Friday, Aug. 2. In a split decision, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court's decision to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the law's enforcement while the case proceeded. The judges said the state of North Dakota has not shown a "significant and legitimate public purpose underlying" the law.
BISMARCK — North Dakota is falling well short of an industry advisory panel's recommendation for wind power generation, though a state regulator said developers are still showing interest in the state. The EmPower Commission, which reports to the Legislature and is responsible for "developing comprehensive energy policy recommendations" for the state, issued a report a decade ago that called for boosting wind generation to 5,000 megawatts by 2020. It noted the sparsely populated state had abundant wind and land available as well as "public support for wind development."
BISMARCK — North Dakota state transportation officials kicked off a $370 million highway construction season Wednesday, May 22, months after lawmakers rejected a gas tax increase to boost road funding.
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 — North Dakota lawmakers voted to give Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring a higher pay bump than average state workers Friday, April 26 The Legislature voted to give Goehring a 7.5% raise in the first year of the 2019-21 budget cycle, followed by a 2.5% boost. State workers are getting raises of 2% and 2.5% in the upcoming biennium.