North Dakota News

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 …

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 …