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 Fargo man who led efforts to place the medical marijuana measure on the ballot floated the possibility of a lawsuit or another initiated measure in testifying against proposed changes to the law during a North Dakota legislative committee Tuesday, March 21. Rilie Ray Morgan, who chaired the committee that pushed the Compassionate Care Act, opposed a Senate bill that amends the law voters chose to put on the books in November.
BISMARCK—The North Dakota House voted by the thinnest of margins Tuesday, Jan. 31, to allow retailers to open on Sunday mornings. The 48-46 vote was a reversal of the House's decision Monday, when it rejected a repeal of North Dakota's Sunday closing law. That statute makes it a Class B misdemeanor to operate a business that's open to the public before noon Sunday, although exceptions exist for restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other businesses.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — The House race in Minnesota's 7th Congressional District was close late Tuesday, Nov. 8, but Democrat Collin Peterson pulled away to victory after all precincts were counted. Peterson, who represents a large chunk of western Minnesota and lives in Detroit Lakes, faced Republican Dave Hughes, a retired Air Force officer from Karlstad who now works for General Atomics at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Peterson was seeking a 14th term in Congress
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson sought a 14th term in the U.S. House on Tuesday, Nov. 8, as voters across the large 7th Congressional District went to the polls. Peterson, who represents a large chunk of western Minnesota and lives in Detroit Lakes, faced Republican Dave Hughes, a retired Air Force officer from Karlstad who now works for General Atomics at Grand Forks Air Force Base. With 824 of 1,329 precincts reporting, Peterson captured 52 percent of the vote, while Hughes notched 48 percent.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- Two Republican candidates are vying for the chance to end longtime Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson’s tenure representing Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District. Dave Hughes, a retired Air Force officer from Karlstad and the GOP-endorsed candidate, is facing Amanda Lynn Hinson, an author and small business owner in Long Prairie. The winner of Tuesday’s primary election will face Peterson in November in a battle to represent a wide swath of western Minnesota.
BISMARCK -- The winners of Wednesday's record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot weren't the only ones sitting on a new pile of cash. State-run lotteries, like those in North Dakota and Minnesota, reported a rush of ticket sales in the days leading up to the drawing. And while both states use a majority of the money for prizes, those sales have some implications for the states' budgets.
GRAND FORKS – The farm bill expired Tuesday – again – to little fanfare. Overshadowed by the federal government shutdown, the ongoing debate over the bill has largely stayed out of the spotlight. And that worries some agriculture groups. “A farm bill is very important to family farmers and ranchers,” said Woody Barth, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union.
BEMIDJI – Two Cass Lake residents have been arrested on murder charges after police responded to a large brawl in Ten Lakes Township Thursday night. Damion John Gullickson Jr., 18, was booked into Beltrami County Jail on felony second-degree murder, as well as felony first- and third-degree assault in the death of Leslie Headbird, 44. Dora Jean Keezer, 29, was also booked on felony second-degree murder and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.