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 — In what one commissioner called a "historic" decision, North Dakota utility regulators denied a siting permit for a wind farm in the state's northwest corner following opposition from state and federal wildlife agencies Wednesday, June 12. Public Service Commissioners unanimously rejected NextEra Energy Resources' application for the siting permit, the first time they remembered doing so for any energy facility during their tenures. Regulators and project developers typically work out issues before a final decision is made, they said.
BISMARCK — A North Dakota citizen group submitted an updated petition seeking a ballot measure to protect voters' ability to amend state policies Tuesday, May 28.
BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers agreed to study the implications of legalizing recreational marijuana Tuesday, May 28, ahead of another expected ballot measure campaign. Legislative Management, a committee that oversees lawmakers' work between sessions, approved 46 study topics Tuesday while rejecting another nearly two dozen ideas. Some lawmakers resisted examining marijuana legalization. Bismarck Republican Rep. Lawrence Klemin worried it would give proponents a platform to campaign.
BISMARCK — North Dakota state officials already took steps to establish the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum before a citizen group filed a petition seeking to overturn legislative approval for the project.
BISMARCK — Nearly 70 people applied to serve on North Dakota's new ethics commission, Gov. Doug Burgum's office said Saturday, May 25. The five commissioners will be selected by consensus agreement of the governor and the Senate's majority and minority leaders. Officials have said they hope to have the members in place by July 1, the start of a new two-year budget cycle.
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 — A North Dakota judge has agreed with state utility regulators who said they lacked siting authority over an oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, dealing a blow to environmental groups fighting the project.
BISMARCK — While Democratic members of Minnesota's congressional delegation expressed alarm over the potential for the U.S. slipping into war with Iran this week, Republicans in the Dakotas touted the Trump administration's tough policies and downplayed the possibility of conflict.
BISMARCK — North Dakota fell from a high perch in the U.S. News and World Report comprehensive rankings of states, an annual list that was previously trumpeted by Gov. Doug Burgum. The rankings , which were released Tuesday, May 14, and used "thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens," put North Dakota at 15th overall. In each of the first two years of the list, the state ranked fourth.
BISMARCK — Attorneys for a North Dakota licensing board and an out-of-state company butted heads before the state's highest court Tuesday, May 14, over allegations the firm operated here illegally during the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.