North Dakota News

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 …

North Dakota Town, BNSF Railway Reach Deal on Train Speeds

Train speeds were to begin increasing through Devils Lake, N.D., on Nov. 5 under a deal between the city and BNSF Railway that also calls for safety upgrades. The railroad last summer informed the city that it planned to double …

New Crop Insurance Program to Benefit Small Ag Producers in North Dakota

Small farmers and ranchers in North Dakota who once were unable to insure their crops will get a chance to do so in 2015 under a new insurance program. Small and mid-size producers will be able to insure all of …

Minot to Hire Flood Consultant with $1M in State Funds

Minot, N.D., is getting $1 million in state money to help the city deal with properties left neglected or abandoned after a devastating flood in 2011. Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced that the money from the state Division of Emergency Services …

North Dakota Farmers Filing Insurance Claims for Wheat Crop

Crop insurance agents in North Dakota say they have begun receiving claims and expect more than the usual number to come in because a lot of wheat still unharvested. The Bismarck Tribune reports that a snowy April and wet May …

New Insurance Program Meant to Boost North Dakota Ag Exports

North Dakota officials are touting a new export program designed to help farmers increase sales and minimize their risk. The program authorizes the Bank of North Dakota to provide insurance coverage of not less than 90 percent on bulk commodity …