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 — North Dakota's top charitable gaming regulator asked state lawmakers for more staff Tuesday, Sept. 24, as she predicted gamblers will wager $1 billion during the current two-year budget cycle due to a proliferation of new electronic pull tab machines. State Gaming Director Deb McDaniel said the implementation of electronic pull tab devices roughly a year ago and recent budget cuts have strained her office, which has almost a dozen full-time positions. She would need "at least" twice as many staffers to regulate gambling operations property, she said.
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 — A panel of North Dakota business and state officials wrestled with whether the state should increase its gas tax to maintain infrastructure Tuesday, Sept. 10.
BISMARCK — A federal judge blocked the state of North Dakota from enforcing a new law requiring physicians to inform patients that it may be possible to reverse a drug-induced abortion Tuesday, Sept. 10, ruling that it violates doctors' First Amendment protections against "compelled speech."
BISMARCK — The top Republican in the North Dakota Senate predicted Monday, Sept. 9, the Legislature will be livestreaming meetings from all of its committee rooms within the next decade, giving members of the public a new window into policy debates at the Capitol.
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 — North Dakota's largest oil producer is fighting state regulators in court over what it sees as an overly strict reading of air pollution rules, which the state described as an effort to "weaken" those regulations. Attorneys for the state and Oklahoma-based Continental Resources are scheduled to butt heads before the state Supreme Court Thursday, Sept. 5. The company is seeking to reverse a lower court decision dismissing its lawsuit against the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality and is asking the justices to send the case back for further proceedings.
BISMARCK — North Dakota environmental regulators said Tuesday, Sept. 3, nearly 846,000 gallons of natural gas liquids and groundwater have been recovered from a 2015 gas plant spill, which initial reports suggested was much smaller.
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.