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 — A Microsoft official pitched a data privacy bill unveiled in the North Dakota Legislature as way to head off a “rising tide” of public distrust in technology Wednesday, Feb. 6, as industry groups warned lawmakers not to quickly approve the “sweeping” mandates. House Bill 1485, pushed by Fargo Republican Rep. Jim Kasper, would allow consumers to request companies like Google and Facebook to delete and stop collecting their personal data. It would also require companies to provide information about data they’ve collected and to correct inaccurate information.
BISMARCK — North Dakota legislators, law enforcement officers and safety advocates reopened a familiar debate over whether to tighten enforcement of the state's seat belt law Friday, Jan. 4.
BISMARCK — The confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh this weekend continued to reverberate in North Dakota's U.S. Senate race between Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Kevin Cramer Tuesday, Oct. 9. National reporters descended on North Dakota in recent days after Heitkamp cast a vote against President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick, whose confirmation process was roiled by sexual assault allegations. Kavanaugh denied the accusations, but Heitkamp said she believed the woman who testified before a Senate committee and questioned Kavanaugh's temperament.
BISMARCK — A federal appeals court said Tuesday, Aug. 14, the state of Minnesota owes North Dakota $1.3 million in attorney fees after losing a lawsuit over its clean energy law. Minnesota's appeal over the attorney fees came after North Dakota's successful fight against its eastern neighbor's law, dubbed the Next Generation Energy Act. North Dakota argued the law violated the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause by restricting electricity imports that would increase carbon dioxide emissions.
BISMARCK — North Dakotans will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana this fall, two years after voters approved the drug’s medical use. Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Monday, Aug. 13, the group pushing a ballot measure submitted 14,637 valid signatures last month, about 1,200 more than it needed to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
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.