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Northwest North Dakota Industrial Fire Costs Owner $12.7M

The fire at an oil field supply company in northwest North Dakota in July has cost the owner $12.7 million. The Williston Herald reports insurance didn’t cover the incident at Williston’s Red River Supply facility, which stored dozens of chemicals …

Nebraska High Court Rules Affirms No Claim for Woman Bitten by Dog

The Nebraska Supreme Court says a woman who had part of her lower lip bitten off by a dog she was watching has no right to seek payment of medical expenses from dog owner’s home insurance company. Jennifer Van Kleek, …

Iowa Man Pleads Guilty to Improper Asbestos Removal

A Sioux City, Iowa, developer accused of improperly removing asbestos from a former YMCA building has pleaded guilty. Records show 54-year-old Larry Wolf, of Dakota City, Nebraska, entered his plea Wednesday in federal court in Sioux City on one count …

Sioux Falls Plan to Add 10 Officers, 15 Firefighters

Sioux Falls, S.D., officials say the city will add 10 police officers and 15 firefighters next year. The Argus Leader reports Mayor Mike Huether, Police Chief Doug Barthel and Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras announced the expanded staff on Monday. …

Iowa Court: Construction Defect Remedy Doesn’t Extend to Banks, Developers

The Iowa Supreme Court has declined to give banks and real estate developers the same legal remedy that protects homebuyers from defective construction. In a pair of decisions, the court refused to expand Iowa’s implied warranty of workmanlike construction, which …

Illinois City Settles Police Shooting Lawsuit for $1.1M

The city of Rockford, Ill., has reached a $1.1 million settlement with the estate of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot inside a church-run day care by two white police officers in 2009, according to officials. In a …

Iowa’s Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance to Acquire John Deere Crop Insurance

Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa (FMH) announced it is acquiring Moline, Ill.-based John Deere Insurance Co. and John Deere Risk Protection Inc. The action is a result of Deere’s previously announced review of strategic options for the crop …

North Dakota Grain Elevator Fire Damage Expected to Surpass $1M

Fire damage to a grain elevator complex in Colfax, N.D., is expected to surpass $1 million. Authorities are still searching for the cause of the Dec. 6 blaze that destroyed the Farmers Elevator’s main structure and offices and two structures …

Ohio Vehicle Thefts Down 64% From Peak in 1991

From its peak auto theft year in 1991 when 54,744 vehicles were stolen, Ohio has experienced a significant decline ending 2013 with 19,532 thefts. That’s a reduction of 64 percent since 1991, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). …

Detroit Area Flood Aid Totals $246M

Federal assistance for Detroit-area residents who suffered property damage during severe August flooding has totaled $246 million following the application deadline. The Detroit News reports nearly 128,100 people had applied for federal grants as of Monday. The Federal Emergency Management …

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