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 head of North Dakota's corrections department hopes to see results soon in the state's efforts to slow and reduce a growing inmate population after the recent passage of criminal justice reform legislation.
BISMARCK — On his first day in office as North Dakota's new governor, Doug Burgum wanted to send an email to all state employees as a welcome message. But Burgum, who made his name as the head of a software company, was told that it wasn't as simple as pressing "send all." He cited it as an example of government inefficiency getting in the way of something that's common practice elsewhere.
BISMARCK—A security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline that's now facing regulatory scrutiny said Wednesday, June 28, it's the subject of a "misinformation campaign."
BISMARCK—A recall election in a town of about 45 people is expected to be among the first tests of North Dakota's new voter identification law later this year. The new law, passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Burgum in late April, goes into effect Saturday, July 1, along with a swath of other bills. July 1 marks the beginning of a new two-year funding cycle known as a biennium.
BISMARCK -- A North Dakota board has accused a private security firm hired by the company that built the Dakota Access Pipeline of operating in the state without a license.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum announced plans Thursday, June 22, to open applications for the State Water Commission after accepting the current members' "statutorily triggered resignations." Burgum, a first-term Republican governor, made the announcement at the end of a marathon meeting Thursday. State law indicates all seven appointed members are considered to have resigned at the beginning of the governor's four-year term, his office said in a news release.
BISMARCK — The North Dakota insurance commissioner urged a California official this week to cease an initiative that calls for insurance companies to divest from coal. Jon Godfread, a Republican, sent the letter with officials from five other states to California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Wednesday, June 21, according to a news release.
BISMARCK—Two-hundred state employees applied for a buyout in recent weeks, North Dakota budget officials said Wednesday, Jun 21. The results of the "voluntary separation incentive program" were announced during a meeting of the Legislature's Budget Section at the state Capitol. Pam Sharp, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said 158 of the 200 applicants for the program were accepted.
FARGO — A state Health Department official has raised concerns with the permit application for a new oil refinery near a national park in western North Dakota, questioning "extremely low emissions estimates" for the project. In a May 15 letter to Meridian Energy Group Vice President Tom Williams, Terry O'Clair, the director of the air quality division at the North Dakota Department of Health, said an ongoing review of the company's permit application for the Davis Refinery in Billings County revealed some "concerns" that need to be resolved.
FARGO—North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday, June 8. The governor's office said Monday Burgum would meet with the fellow Republican, along with senior administration officials, other governors, mayors and others to discuss "ways to improve the nation's infrastructure through partnerships." Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford will also join Burgum this week.