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 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 separate business, Gen7 is a company of Forum Communications and run by company leaders.
BISMARCK—Restrictions on smoking marijuana for medical purposes would be loosened under legislation approved by a North Dakota House committee. The rewrite of North Dakota's new medical marijuana law took another step toward passage Monday, April 3, as the House Human Services Committee approved changes to Senate Bill 2344. It's now on its way to the House floor, where it will need the support of two-thirds of lawmakers because it amends a recent initiated measure.
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.
BISMARCK—North Dakota lawmakers were adamant Monday, Jan. 16, that they were not trying to deny the will of the people with a proposal to delay parts of the recently passed medical marijuana law. The bill, introduced by legislative leadership from both sides of the aisle, would delay certain provisions of the Compassionate Care Act to give the North Dakota Department of Health more time to set up rules governing medical marijuana, said Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner, R-Dickinson. He pointed to financial and social costs if it's not properly regulated.
EAST GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Bass Pro Shops announced Monday it will acquire fellow outdoor retailer Cabela's in a $5.5 billion deal, but it was unclear how the merger will affect the East Grand Forks Cabela's store. Kyle Mallory, a manager at the East Grand Forks store, said he was unsure how the sale would affect that location, and he deferred further questions to corporate officials. Scott Bisang, a spokesman for Cabela's, said he could not add any information beyond what's stated in official news releases.
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