North Dakota News

Report: Healthy Midwest Economic Growth Expected

A monthly economic index for nine Midwestern and Plains states inched up in May, suggesting healthy economic growth is coming over the next three to six months, according to a report released. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to …

Weather Service: North Dakota Tornado Was EF-2

A rare North Dakota tornado that critically injured a 15-year-old girl and hurt eight other people at a workers’ camp in the heart of the state’s booming oil patch packed winds that peaked at 120 mph, the National Weather Service …

North Dakota Tornado Tears Through Oil Patch, Injures 9, Destroys Trailers

Investigators headed to western North Dakota on May 27 to assess the strength of a tornado that injured nine people, including a 15-year-old girl who suffered critical injuries, and damaged or destroyed 15 trailers at a workers’ camp in the …

No Crop Insurance Deadline Extension for North Dakota Corn Planting

The federal government says regulations prevent it from even considering a request by U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to extend a corn planting deadline to ease farmers’ insurance concerns in North Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency said …

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, …