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 — Workplace deaths in North Dakota dipped to their lowest level in seven years in 2016, as Minnesota saw a spike in fatal incidents that year. North Dakota's 28 fatal injuries in 2016 were roughly in line with yearly totals before the surge in work brought on by the Bakken oil boom, according to figures released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2012, workplace deaths peaked at 65.
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.
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.
GLENWOOD, Minn. -- A UND associate director was arrested last month after he allegedly tried meet a prostitute at a Glenwood hotel. Randall Scott Bohlman, 59, was charged with engaging in prostitution in a public place, a gross misdemeanor that carries no more than one year in prison and a $3,000 fine. He had a hearing scheduled Tuesday in Pope County Court.
GRAND FORKS — Although the trial has not yet started, a Grand Forks County landowner is planning an appeal to the North Dakota Supreme Court over a controversial pipeline routed through his property. That’s because a district judge has already ruled North Dakota Pipeline Co, a joint venture between Enbridge Energy Partners and a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp., has a right to build a crude oil pipeline through James Botsford’s land.
GRAND FORKS - Hornbacher's is opening its first store outside the Fargo-Moorhead area. The grocer is acquiring the Grand Forks Super One store on 32nd Avenue South, the supermarket announced...
CANNON BALL, N.D. — The chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe was happy with what he heard from President Barack Obama here Friday.
BEMIDJI — Minnesota’s newly created health exchanged unveiled its ad campaign Sunday, with a couple of recognizable figures as its stars. The MNsure ads feature Bemidji’s Paul Bunyan statue getting into various dilemmas that would require the legendary giant to visit the hospital, such as a water skiing accident and woodpeckers attacking his head while Babe the Blue Ox looks on.
BEMIDJI -- A watercraft inspector discovered zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil on a boat trailer exiting Lake Bemidji earlier this month, though they didn't originate here. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources made the announcement this week, and called for boaters to be vigilant and clean their boats when transporting them. The recreation boat discovered in the Aug.
BEMIDJI — Local legislators, weary from the whirlwind that has been the State Capitol the past few weeks, are returning to their home districts this week. And with the hundreds of miles between here and St. Paul, they’ve had some time to reflect on their work during the 2013 session. For the most part, they considered it a success. For freshman Rep. Roger Erickson, DFL-Baudette, the 2013 legislative session was a learning experience.