North Dakota News

North Dakota Voters to Decide on Medical Marijuana

North Dakota voters will decide next month whether to legalize marijuana for medical use, by siding with opponents who say sciences is on their side or with supporters like a desperate grandmother who illegally purchased the drug to help her …

Record Construction Pace in South Dakota’s Sioux Falls Not Easing

The record pace of construction in Sioux Falls isn’t letting up. The Argus Leader reported that the city has permitted $573.4 million in construction through September, up from $546 million over the same period last year. The city has permitted …

Corps Launches Flood Protection Study in North Dakota’s Souris River Valley

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week is launching a study of permanent flood protection for the Souris River Basin in North Dakota, which includes Minot. The Corps will look at the cost-effectiveness and environmental impacts of various flood …

Low Odds of Serious Flooding Throughout North Dakota

The National Weather Service says that the threat of substantial spring flooding in North Dakota is low, including along a river in the eastern part of the state that has caused millions of dollars of damage in the last decade. …

Railroad Bridge Safety, Inspection System Questioned in Report

Two environmental groups say they are worried about the safety of railroad bridges because inspection reports generally aren’t public, and railroads take care of their own bridges. The Waterkeeper Alliance and ForestEthics released a report focused on railroad bridges on …

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. …