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Sam Easter

Contributing reporter

Sam Easter is a freelance reporter who has been a regular contributor to the Herald since 2019.

Easter, a native of Midland, Mich., graduated from Central Michigan University in 2013 with a degree in English, after which he interned and worked a general-assignment beat for the Bay City Times/MLive.

In 2015, he joined the Herald’s staff as City Hall reporter, covering North Dakota politics at all levels and conducting Herald investigations through early 2018, when he began his freelancing career.

His work has since appeared in The Washington Post, Vice, The Daily Beast and other publications.

Easter, who speaks English and Spanish and uses the pronouns he/him/his, can be reached at or via Twitter via @samkweaster.

The shift away from COVID lockdown has been a welcome change throughout the long-term care industry in particular.
The letter specifically asks for a close federal review of the land purchase made earlier this year in northern Grand Forks that makes way for the company’s arrival — which is still being vetted by City Hall. But Fufeng Group’s ties to China have drawn significant criticism.
The authorities ultimately found no cause for concern, a police report states.
Before the vote, there were a number of speakers who voiced opinions about the city’s annexation plan.
On Friday, City Administrator Todd Feland expressed optimism about the deal’s future. But he also shared an email exchange with an attorney for local property owners that raises the possibility they might protest an annexation of their land.
Council leaders, who were meeting in committee session, voted 4-2 to approve early funding plans, which chart out the financial future of a north-end chunk of Falconer Township.
In an April 29 letter first reported by The Associated Press, WBI Energy Transmission told North Dakota leaders that the construction of a state-spanning pipeline is not “commercially viable at this time."
City Administrator Todd Feland said city leaders are set to meet with FBI agents for an “unclassified briefing” on Wednesday at City Hall.
The decisions are not final, but they give a boost of momentum to a package heading quickly toward the construction of a corn mill from Fufeng Group — a China-based agribusiness launching a subsidiary in the U.S.
The incident is detailed in documents on file with the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality, which were obtained this week by the Herald via open records request.