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City’s historic ‘Old Courthouse’ slated for demolition

One of Watford City’s oldest buildings, ‘The Old Courthouse’ is slated to be demolished this week. The building, which is currently owned by the McKenzie County School District No. 1, was built in the late 1930s to be used as a hospital.

Posted 9/22/10 (Wed)read more »

Optimism has faded

Optimism has faded

It’s common knowledge that rain is an important part of growing crops. This spring the rain was nearly perfect, giving area farmers a bumper crop for the second year in a row. Unfortunately, Mother Nature hasn’t let up on the rain, and for some area farmers it’s turned their bumper crop into something that is barely salvageable.

Posted 9/22/10 (Wed)read more »

School Board okays track improvements

Watford City High School’s track will be going fully electronic this spring following the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1’s school board approval of spending $5,000 toward the purchase of an automated timing system as well as making other improvements at the track.

Posted 9/22/10 (Wed)read more »

County sees big budget increase

McKenzie County Commissioners will be considering a 39.3 percent increase in the county’s 2011 budget during a preliminary budget hearing on Sept. 23. The hearing, which is open to the public, will be held at 10 a.m. in the commissioners meeting room.

Posted 9/15/10 (Wed)read more »

Busted at the Post Office

A trip to the Watford City Post Office on Sept. 1 to pick up a package didn’t turn out quite the way Tim Bourne had planned it.

Posted 9/15/10 (Wed)read more »

Booming economy provides different twist for JDA director

Economic development is an important aspect for any growing town. But what happens to an economic development coordinator when a town is booming with economic development, like Watford City is right now.

Posted 9/15/10 (Wed)read more »

Medicare changes could hurt small rural hospitals

A new policy from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) could be disastrous for small hospitals and clinics like McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) if the ruling can’t be overturned.

Posted 9/08/10 (Wed)read more »

Home schooling proves to be a good option for some parents

All parents of school-aged children know that back-to-school time can be a very busy and stressful time. But for some area students going back to school is a lot easier, especially when they don’t even have to leave home.

Posted 9/08/10 (Wed)read more »

NDRA rides into Watford

It’s been named one of the nation’s top 100 events and it’s happening right here in Watford City. McKenzie County residents are in for a special treat when the NDRA Championship Rodeo rides into Watford City on Sept. 10 and 11 with nightly performances at 7 p.m. at the McKenzie County Multi-Purpose Building.

Posted 9/08/10 (Wed)read more »

Rains keep farmers from their fields

Recent rains have area farmers sidelined from their fields, but most are still optimistic for a good harvest. Most farmers throughout McKenzie County report being half finished with this year’s harvest before rain put a stop to things.

Posted 9/01/10 (Wed)read more »

Schools open to more students

It may come as no surprise, but area schools have all reported an increase in enrollment.

Posted 9/01/10 (Wed)read more »

Alexander to host 65th Annual Old Settlers’ Day celebration this weekend

As fall approaches, the time has come for the 65th Annual Old Settlers’ Day celebration in Alexander, a weekend of food, fun, family, reunions and of course, new memories.

Posted 9/01/10 (Wed)read more »

County, Grazing Assoc. oppose plan to close roads on grasslands

As a result of a national mandate, the U.S. Forest Service Dakota Prairie Grasslands has developed a Travel Management Plan for the Little Missouri National Grasslands that will greatly decrease public access opportunities.

Posted 8/25/10 (Wed)read more »

From building permits to crime, City sees activity skyrocketing

It’s no secret that the oil and construction industries are extremely busy in McKenzie County. But workers in those industries aren’t the only ones who are busy.

Posted 8/25/10 (Wed)read more »

Area investors hope to bring an end to Watford City’s housing shortage

Several businesses and private investors have chosen Watford City for their housing projects, with several housing projects underway in Watford City and its surrounding area.

Posted 8/18/10 (Wed)read more »

Looking for a good harvest

If you get up early enough, you can feel the chill of fall in the air. And if you haven’t noticed that, the combines in the fields are another indication that fall is just around the corner.

Posted 8/18/10 (Wed)read more »

Watford sees jump in school enrollment

Watford City High School is looking at 285 students for the 2010-2011 school year compared to 265 at the end of the 2009-2010 school year, and the elementary school is expecting to have 293 students this year compared to ending last year with 273.

Posted 8/18/10 (Wed)read more »

County scrambling to keep up with road repairs

The tremendous increase in oil field activity has been good for McKenzie County as it has created many jobs and brought new people to the community. But at the same time, the increase has also brought in a large amount of heavy truck traffic which has caused problems with many of county’s roads.

Posted 8/11/10 (Wed)read more »

Watford City looks at banning heavy trucks from city streets

Watford City’s City Council, at its Aug. 2 meeting, passed the first reading of a new ordinance that could prohibit truck traffic, other than delivery trucks, on all streets within the city limits.

Posted 8/11/10 (Wed)read more »

Healthcare System unveils plans for new Wellness Center

As the community of Watford City grows, residents of the community have found the need for more space, especially when it comes to the space available within the Healthy Hearts Wellness Center. With a monthly average of more than 1,950 visits per month and a monthly high of 2,400 visits, space has become a problem for Wellness Center members.

Posted 8/11/10 (Wed)read more »