North Dakota News

North Dakota Pasta Maker to Repay $5M in Settlement of False-Advertising Lawsuit

A company accused of falsely advertising the health benefits of its nationally distributed Dreamfields Pasta line has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit and pay $5 million to consumers who bought the products in the last decade. The complaint, filed …

North Dakota Tries to Stem Oil Region Traffic Deaths

Despite efforts to improve roads and safety enforcement, traffic fatalities in North Dakota’s drilling regions keep climbing while the rest of the state’s roads are getting safer. Traffic deaths in six western counties rose last year to 63, from 54 …

North Dakota Permanently Bars Agent from Selling Insurance in State

An administrative law judge in North Dakota has made permanent a cease and desist order issued by Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm against insurance producer Frederick Paul Skoda, formerly of Fargo, N.D., now of Detroit Lakes, Minn. The Dec. 26, 2013, order, …

New Funding Allows Crackdown on Texting While Driving in North Dakota

Motorists routinely may see fellow drivers texting and driving, but police rarely do, making enforcement of North Dakota’s distracted driving law difficult to enforce, authorities say. “When a squad car is in the area, a driver usually will hide the …

Worker Death Rate in North Dakota Highest in U.S.: AFL-CIO

The nation’s largest labor federation says North Dakota continues to have the highest worker death rate in the U.S., with 17.7 fatalities per 100,000 employees in 2012. The data comes from an AFL-CIO report slated to be released next week. …

Feds Widen Probe Into North Dakota Brothers’ Alleged Crop Insurance Scam

Federal authorities have expanded the scope of their investigation into two brothers from North Dakota accused of intentionally destroying potatoes to collect crop insurance payments. The original indictment alleged that Aaron Johnson, 50, and Derek Johnson, 47, and their company, …

More State Aid Sought for Flood Control in Minot, North Dakota

Officials in the Minot, N.D., area say more state aid will be needed for an $820 million flood protection project for the Souris River Basin unless federal funds materialize. The State Water Commission developed the flood protection plan for the …

7 Unlicensed Contractors Banned in North Dakota

Seven unlicensed contractors have been banned from doing business in the state because of violations of North Dakota’s consumer fraud laws. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced that he has issued cease and desist orders against the contractors. He …

Corps Says Minot, North Dakota Levees Need Repairs

Minot, N.D., is taking steps to upgrade the levees that protect it from Souris River flooding. An inspection report late last year from the Army Corps of Engineers showed a number of problems, such as tree growth, erosion and inadequate …

Remapping, Subsidy Loss Raising North Dakota Flood Insurance Costs

Had Greg Larson, a realtor and riverside homeowner in Bismarck, N.D., and his family changed their flood insurance policy, their cost would have gone from $705 a year to $4,200. Increases in flood insurance rates are making some of Bismarck-Mandan’s …