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Growth brings challenges and opportunities for cooperative

For some, birthdays are a big deal. For others, they are just a way to mark time. For McKenzie Electric Cooperative, (MEC) its 65th Annual Meeting not only served as a birthday party for the Cooperative, it was also an opportunity for members to hear everything that is going on within the Cooperative. And there is a lot going on.

Posted 6/23/10 (Wed)read more »

Mosquito season has begun

Is it ever going to warm up? That’s been a common question around McKenzie County this spring, and now that the days have begun to get warmer, the new question is, where did all of these mosquitoes come from?

Posted 6/23/10 (Wed)read more »

Sanford elected new mayor of Watford City

The June Primary Election is over and residents of Watford City voted for change, with a new mayor being elected and an overwhelming “yes” vote for a new water source.

Posted 6/16/10 (Wed)read more »

McKenzie County’s concierge

For most residents in McKenzie County, knowing where to find a phone book or how to get their cable and internet hooked up is common knowledge. But for someone new to the community, these can be difficult tasks.

Posted 6/16/10 (Wed)read more »

Council denies conditional use permit for temporary housing

With concerns over possible drainage problems as well as after hearing objections from neighbors, the Watford City City Council at its June 7 meeting denied a conditional use permit that would have allowed Craig Nelson to place 18 temporary work force housing units on property that he owns located north of McKenzie Building Center.

Posted 6/16/10 (Wed)read more »

Another great Relay

Once again, to no surprise, the Rugged West Relay For Life’s Relay event was a great success.

Posted 6/09/10 (Wed)read more »

City Parks offer a summer full of fun

With school out for the summer, many parents have found that they are looking for things to keep their kids busy and the Watford City Park Board may have just the thing.

Posted 6/09/10 (Wed)read more »

Sen. Conrad hears U.S. Highway 85 concerns

If Senator Kent Conrad and the majority of those in attendance at last week’s Senate Budget Committee Hearing had their way, work to turn U.S. Highway 85 between Williston and Bowman into a four-lane highway would begin immediately.

Posted 6/09/10 (Wed)read more »

Quilters open their hearts for foster kids

The month of May was National Foster Care Month, and like many counties, McKenzie County is always in need of foster parents. Becoming a foster parent is a big step, one that not everyone is ready or able to take. Fortunately, as one area group found out, becoming a foster parent isn’t the only way to help Social Services and area kids.

Posted 6/02/10 (Wed)read more »

Study will help Watford City grow

With new trailer parks, RV parks, businesses and subdivisions being planned around Watford City, one question remains unanswered. What is the best way for Watford City to grow?

Posted 6/02/10 (Wed)read more »

Voters head to the polls for June 8 Election

With the June 8 Primary Election less than one week away, it’s time to make your final decisions so you can get out and vote or mail in your absentee ballot if you can’t make it to the polls.

Posted 6/02/10 (Wed)read more »

Corps reverses decision to freeze issuing water permits

ust one day after making what some considered to be a ridiculous decision, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers overturned its decision to freeze water permits from Lake Sakakawea.

Posted 5/26/10 (Wed)read more »

W.C.H.S. fails to meet AYP test scores

Both Alexander and Watford City schools passed Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) tests for the 2007-2008 school year. However, since then, only Alexander has been able to keep its test scores high enough to pass all areas for the 2009-2010 AYP

Posted 5/26/10 (Wed)read more »

City water change to be decided at the poll

Watford City city officials are hopeful that the low turnout at the City’s Forum on Drinking Water indicates that all questions have been answered in regard to supplying residents with water from the Missouri River.

Posted 5/19/10 (Wed)read more »

With growth comes some growing pains

The current oil boom combined with the good economy in North Dakota has given people one more reason to move to McKenzie County. Although it is always better for a city to be growing instead of shrinking, growth doesn’t come without some growing pains.

Posted 5/19/10 (Wed)read more »

First International celebrates 100 years of banking

For most members of McKenzie County, First International Bank & Trust is an establishment that has always been on the corner of Main Street. But for some residents of the county, their memory is a little different.

Posted 5/12/10 (Wed)read more »

Highway 85 opens to limited traffic

Road construction is never fun to deal with, but it’s an even bigger headache when the work causes area roads to be closed off to traffic completely. And that is something many McKenzie County residents and travelers who use Highway 85 south of Watford City are well aware of. After nearly two weeks of being closed, Highway 85 south of Watford City has reopened to limited traffic.

Posted 5/12/10 (Wed)read more »

Company to build new homes, short-term stay units in Watford

With plans to develop up to 64 new single family homes, as well as 72 short-term stay units this summer, a Watford City developer could finally help the community begin solving its lack of housing problem.

Posted 5/12/10 (Wed)read more »

More good news for oil patch

Oil producers who have been busy drilling into the very productive Bakken Formation in western North Dakota could very well be setting their sights on another major oil formation - the Three Forks.

Posted 5/05/10 (Wed)read more »

Steidl receives Saved By The Belt Award

Most people don’t realize that a simple decision can save your life. However, that’s exactly what you may be determining every time you choose to put on your seat belt or to leave it off. For 27-year-old Dixie Steidl, of Watford City, the decision she made on Aug. 13, 2009, was a lifesaving one.

Posted 5/05/10 (Wed)read more »