Articles by Blake Nicholson

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Adds to Weather Woes in Central US

A storm system known as a “bomb cyclone” slowly churned through the U.S. interior Thursday for the second time in a month, unleashing a blizzard that struck the Upper Midwest and creating hazardous fire conditions farther south. The storm knocked …

North Dakota House OKs Medical Marijuana Law Changes

The North Dakota House approved legislation that would expand the list of medical conditions for which residents can use medical marijuana, add health care professionals who can certify patients for the drug and increase the forms it can come in. …

Bills Would Improve Access to Medical Marijuana in North Dakota

As North Dakota’s Health Department enters the final stages of implementing a statewide distribution system for medical marijuana, state lawmakers are considering proposals that would make it easier for patients to get doctor approval for the drug. Medical marijuana advocates …

Icy Blast in Midwest Recalls 2014 ‘Polar Vortex;’ Worst to Come

An arctic blast spread painful cold across the Midwest on Friday, closing schools, opening warming centers and even intimidating ice fishermen in a taste of the even more dangerous weather expected next week. Forecasters called it a replay of the …

Feds Sue North Dakota Restaurant over Firing of Pregnant Worker

A popular upscale restaurant in North Dakota’s capital city is being sued for allegedly firing a server after she became pregnant. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the federal lawsuit against East 40 Inc. on Monday. The company does …

Pilot, Paramedic, Nurse Killed in North Dakota Air Ambulance Crash

An air ambulance on its way to pick up a patient crashed shortly after taking off in North Dakota, killing all three people on board, and military officials involved in the response said the plane may have broken up in …

Recreational Pot Measure Approved for North Dakota Ballot

Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in North Dakota have succeeded in bringing the matter to a public vote later this year. Proponents submitted more than the required 13,452 valid petition signatures to get a measure on the November general election …

U.S. Senator Calls for Increased USDA Response to North Dakota Drought

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to send more workers to western North Dakota, where she says understaffed Farm Service Agency offices are dealing with an overwhelming workload worsened by a summer of crippling …

Farmers in Upper Midwest Report Damage from Dicamba Herbicide

Hundreds of farmers in the Upper Midwest are reporting damage from the controversial herbicide dicamba, and state officials are considering restrictions for the 2018 growing season that might surpass even new federal rules. The state agriculture departments in North Dakota, …

Dakota Access Pipeline Company Files $1B Suit Against Greenpeace, Other Groups

The company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace and other groups on Aug. 22, alleging that they disseminated false and misleading information about the project and interfered with its construction. In its lawsuit, which …