North Dakota News

More State Aid Sought for Flood Control in Minot, North Dakota

Officials in the Minot, N.D., area say more state aid will be needed for an $820 million flood protection project for the Souris River Basin unless federal funds materialize. The State Water Commission developed the flood protection plan for the …

7 Unlicensed Contractors Banned in North Dakota

Seven unlicensed contractors have been banned from doing business in the state because of violations of North Dakota’s consumer fraud laws. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced that he has issued cease and desist orders against the contractors. He …

Corps Says Minot, North Dakota Levees Need Repairs

Minot, N.D., is taking steps to upgrade the levees that protect it from Souris River flooding. An inspection report late last year from the Army Corps of Engineers showed a number of problems, such as tree growth, erosion and inadequate …

Remapping, Subsidy Loss Raising North Dakota Flood Insurance Costs

Had Greg Larson, a realtor and riverside homeowner in Bismarck, N.D., and his family changed their flood insurance policy, their cost would have gone from $705 a year to $4,200. Increases in flood insurance rates are making some of Bismarck-Mandan’s …

Crude Oil Train in North Dakota Catches Fire After Derailing

A BNSF Railway Co. train carrying oil caught fire after a collision with railcars in North Dakota, causing a series of explosions that prompted police to urge local residents to evacuate the area. There were no injuries to the train …

Workplace Fatalities Up in North Dakota, Stay the Same in South Dakota

Workplace fatalities in North Dakota last year totaled 64, up 20 over the year. In South Dakota, workplace fatalities last year totaled 31, unchanged from the previous year. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics says preliminary data show that 39 …

Flood Grant Program Proving Popular In North Dakota City

A program that will help homeowners in Minot, N.D. with repair costs following devastating Souris River flooding two years ago is proving popular. More than 700 people have applied for assistance from a program that offers grants of up to …

High Crop Prices Turn More Midwest Grassland into Cropland

When cattle producer Jason Zahn aims his pickup across the gravel roads of North Dakota, he doesn’t see as many native grasses dancing along the prairie. Instead, he sees more and more black. He sees tilled dirt or burnt fields …

North Dakota Wants Answers on Ruptured Tesoro Pipeline Inspections

North Dakota officials are trying to determine if Tesoro Corp. knew about potential problems with a pipeline that leaked more than 20,000 barrels of crude oil in a wheat field in the northwestern part of the state. Environmental health chief …

Application Process Opens for Minot Flood Grants

Homeowners in Minot, N.D. affected by the Souris River flooding in 2011 can begin applying for grants to help with repair costs, while the city prepares to buy out more homes to make way for a flood protection project. The …