North Dakota News

FEMA Agrees to Fargo, North Dakota, Flood Insurance Basement Exemption

Fargo, N.D’s acting mayor says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has moved to continue to allow homeowners to have basements in the city’s new floodplain. FEMA is responsible for the National Home Insurance Program and does not always allow basements …

Drunk Driving Arrests Down 10% in North Dakota in 2014

North Dakota authorities say drunken driving arrests in the state were down nearly 10 percent in 2014. Highway Patrol Sgt. Tom Iverson told KXMB-TV about 1,700 driving under the influence arrests were made statewide last year, about 200 fewer than …

Most Popular Insurance Journal Midwest Stories of 2014

The most popular InsuranceJournal.com news stories in the Midwest ranged from groundbreaking lawsuits to research into making people safer from storms. With an understanding that stories appearing later in the year have less time to rise to the top of …

No Insurance Coverage for $12.7M North Dakota Industrial Fire

The fire at an oil field supply company in northwest North Dakota in July has cost the owner $12.7 million. The Williston Herald reports insurance didn’t cover the incident at Williston’s Red River Supply facility, which stored dozens of chemicals …

North Dakota to Receive $1.2M for Flood Mitigation Efforts

North Dakota is receiving $1.2 million in federal funds for flood mitigation efforts and home buyouts in Cass County. Members of the state’s congressional delegation announced the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funds are to be used …

Fire Damage at North Dakota Grain Elevator Likely to Surpass $1M

The Farmers Elevator in Colfax, N.D., is working to resume grain-handling operations while crews clean up after a fire that caused heavy damage and investigators work to determine the cause of the blaze. Estimates are still being compiled, but damage …

North Dakota Fines Blue Cross $60K for Claims, Underwriting Violations

North Dakota’s insurance department has levied a $60,000 fine against the state’s largest health insurer for violating state law. Noridian Mutual Insurance Co. does business as Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm says a state …

North Dakota Trial Set In Deteriorating Potatoes, Crop Insurance Case

Trial is set to begin for two North Dakota brothers accused of intentionally destroying potatoes and defrauding the federal government out of about $2 million in crop insurance payments. Aaron and Derek Johnson, of the Cooperstown area, are charged with …

North Dakota Man Charged with Crop Insurance Scam Wants Conviction Excluded

One of two brothers accused of scamming the government out of $2 million in crop insurance payments says a previous conviction should not be allowed as evidence in his trial. Aaron Johnson, 50, and Derek Johnson, 47, who grew potatoes …

Outlook Revised to Positive for Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Co.

A.M. Best has revised the outlook to positive from stable and affirmed the issuer credit rating (ICR) of “a” for Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company (FUMI) in Jamestown, N.D. Concurrently, A.M. Best has also affirmed FUMI’s financial strength rating of A (Excellent). The …