North Dakota News

Weather Service Confirms Tornado Struck North Dakota City

The National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Tolna, N.D. was caused by a tornado. The tornado last week was rated an EF-1, with an estimated peak wind speed of 110 mph. It was on the ground for …

North Dakota Officials Want Corps as Part of River Flood Plan

North Dakota officials are pushing the Army Corps of Engineers to make long-term flood protection for the Souris River Valley a priority. Local and state officials fear that any work they do on a proposed $1 billion protection plan might …

Workplace Incident in South Dakota Kills North Dakota Man

A North Dakota man was killed while working at an asphalt production plant in central South Dakota. Sully County Sherriff Bill Stahl told KCCR radio that 66-year-old Jerold Walth of Wishek, North Dakota, was performing maintenance on equipment at the asphalt …

Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in North Dakota

A BNSF train carrying crude oil owned by Hess Corp derailed and caught fire in North Dakota on May 6, forcing the evacuation of a nearby small town just days after the United States and Canada announced reforms to improve …

North Dakota Joining Wyoming Lawsuit over Federal Fracking Rules

North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it’s used on U.S. government lands. …

Midwest, Plains Likely to See Economic Growth: Report

Economic growth lies ahead for nine Midwestern and Plains states despite pullbacks in the energy sector, according to a monthly report released on March 2. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to 57.0 in February from 54.8 in January, …

North Dakota Oil Patch Highway Is State’s Most Dangerous

The main north-south artery in North Dakota’s oil patch is the most dangerous stretch of road in the state, newly released statistics show. U.S. Highway 85 had the most fatal accidents, injury accidents and property damage accidents, according to a …

Energy Workers at Loose Ends after Drop in Crude Prices

The drive from Ken Mercer’s home in Tennessee to the oil fields of western North Dakota takes 20 hours if you drive straight through. Every month, Mercer, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, would make the trip as part …

North Dakota Officials Stress Job Resiliency in Oil Industry

A recent slide in oil prices is leading to fewer jobs in the western North Dakota oil patch, but officials there and in northwestern South Dakota say the regional industry is resilient and will ride out the slump. Openings posted …

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 …