North Dakota News

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 …

North Dakota Oil Patch Town Wants Speed Limit Reduced

Residents of a small town in the middle of the North Dakota oil patch say they’re sick of semitrailers barreling past their homes and want the state to do something about it. Arlene Isaak, 87, and other residents in Arnegard, …

Midwest, Plains Economy Should Keep Growing

A new survey of business leaders suggests the economy will continue growing in nine Midwest and Plains states through the rest of 2013 but at a slower pace than earlier this year. The survey’s overall economic index rose to 53.8 …

Insurance Fraud Charges Dropped in North Dakota Cow Starvation Case

Prosecutors in North Dakota have dropped insurance fraud charges against a McIntosh County man who pleaded guilty to animal abuse charges, after authorities say he submitted a claim saying more than 100 of his cattle died after being chased by …

Confusing Crop Insurance Rule Clarified for Midwest States

Farmers say they’re pleased with efforts by the federal Risk Management Agency to clarify rules for prevented planting insurance in five Upper Midwest states in 2014. The insurance pays farmers if their cropland is too wet or dry to plant. …

Red River Diversion Opponents Sue Army Corps

Opponents of a planned project to divert the Red River around Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn., have sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal court. The lawsuit filed by opponents south of the metro area accuses diversion leaders …

Background Checks, Fingerprinting of North Dakota Agent Applicants to Begin Sept. 1

The North Dakota Insurance Department announced that as of Sept. 1, 2013, anyone applying to become a North Dakota resident insurance producer must undergo a criminal background check, including fingerprinting. This requirement is the result of the passage of Senate …

Judge: Fraud Convict’s Wife Can’t Get Policy Money

The wife of a man convicted of bilking millions of dollars out of people in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and elsewhere in an investment fraud scheme cannot collect proceeds from his insurance policy, a federal judge ruled. Verlin Swartzendruber, …

North Dakota Man Suing Insurance Company Over Potato Case

A prominent North Dakota potato farmer, businessman and philanthropist who’s among a group of people accused in an alleged price-fixing scheme is suing his insurance company for failing to cover his defense costs. Ron Offutt, of Fargo, is among the …

Crop Insurance Rule Causing Confusion for Some Midwest Farmers

Last year’s drought has contributed to confusion over crop insurance rules for some Upper Midwest farmers who couldn’t get a crop in the ground this past spring due to the opposite weather extreme – too much moisture. Some farmers are …