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Oil expert: 2010 will be a monster year

With oil prices sitting close to the $80 mark and above, North Dakota saw the number of active rigs surpass 100 for the first time since February 1982. As of Monday, March 15, there were 19 rigs drilling in McKenzie County.

Posted 3/17/10 (Wed)read more »

State Water Commission approves funding to bring Missouri River water to McKenzie County

Commission allocates $3.5 million to help bring water into county to serve growing oil industry

Posted 3/17/10 (Wed)read more »

Looking at wind energy

Anyone living in North Dakota knows that the state’s weather can at times be rather undesirable, especially when the wind is blowing. However, there are many people willing to not only live with the unfavorable wind, but also use the wind to their advantage. An advantage that is noticeable by the state’s changing landscape as wind turbines sprout up throughout the state.

Posted 3/10/10 (Wed)read more »

Schools can handle growing number of students for now

With an increase in businesses and a shortage of housing, it’s no secret that McKenzie County is growing. While a growing community is a good problem to have, it can make things difficult if you’re trying to plan for the future.

Posted 3/10/10 (Wed)read more »

Figure Skating Club’s “Got Talent”

America’s Got Talent is a talent show that features singers, dancers, magicians, comedians and other performers of all ages competing for a top prize of $1 million. Although Watford City Figure Skating Club’s Got Talent participants won’t be vying for $1 million, the audience is sure to be wowed by the group’s amazing skating performances.

Posted 3/10/10 (Wed)read more »

Healthcare providers still encouraging residents to get H1N1 shot

Flu season typically peaks in March, and although the panic surrounding the H1N1 virus has settled due to widespread vaccinations and a slowdown in cases, some medical professionals don’t think we’ve seen the last of the virus.

Posted 3/03/10 (Wed)read more »

Love of hunting leads brothers to new opportunity

ong before they were old enough to hunt, Vaughn and Dustin Anderson of Watford City tagged along with their dad, Dennis, on his hunting adventures. As the boys got older and began getting their own licenses, their love for hunting continued to grow.

Posted 3/03/10 (Wed)read more »

Continental Resources spuds its first Eco-Pad location in McKenzie County

As the price of oil stabilizes in the $70 to $80 range, McKenzie County continues to be a hotbed of oil drilling activity. Especially for Continental Resources, an Enid, Okla.-based company, which is now drilling its first well in McKenzie County using a new concept.

Posted 3/03/10 (Wed)read more »

Voters to be asked to change city’s water suppy source

Water is a basic necessity of life, something that every individual is entitled to. However, quality and availability of water varies from one area to the next, something residents of Watford City are familiar with. But, an upcoming vote could start the process to change that for good. Watford City residents will be asked to vote, in the upcoming June election, on the issue of receiving water from the Missouri River.

Posted 2/24/10 (Wed)read more »

Company finds what it likes in Watford City

With increased interest and drilling into the Bakken and Three Forks formations, residents of McKenzie County have become accustomed to seeing oil field businesses and families moving into the area. However, in addition to oil field workers, the boom has also brought construction companies to the area for temporary work, with one company deciding to make Watford City its new home.

Posted 2/24/10 (Wed)read more »

Archery Club to host annual 3-D Indoor Tournament

The Watford City Civic Center is home to many sporting events throughout the year, but none as unique as the one being held there this coming weekend. The McKenzie County Archery Club (MCAC) will host its annual Indoor 3-D Archery Tournament this Saturday and Sunday.

Posted 2/24/10 (Wed)read more »

Healthcare Systems to offer visiting nurse services for Medicare patients

When most people need medical attention, they make an appointment and go to the clinic. However, for some people, it’s not always that simple because they aren’t able to get themselves to the clinic when needed. McKenzie County Healthcare Systems is hopeful its new program will change that.

Posted 2/17/10 (Wed)read more »

Game and Fish thins bighorn sheep herd

Driving through the Badlands south of Watford City is a scenic drive made even more enjoyable by the opportunity to see one of North Dakota’s few bighorn sheep along the route.

Posted 2/17/10 (Wed)read more »

City continues to struggle with housing issues

Housing continues to be a struggle for Watford City . However, with two new housing projects ready for occupants and a third project getting underway this month, it appears that things should be getting better soon.

Posted 2/10/10 (Wed)read more »

More accidents lead to more stress on volunteers

One minute, they’re playing with their kids or sitting down to a nice meal with their family. The next, they’re rushing in an ambulance or fire truck to an accident where they’ll be responsible for treating wounds and saving lives.

Posted 2/10/10 (Wed)read more »

Many city, county incumbents not seeking re-election in 2010

With snow on the ground and temperatures still below freezing, it’s difficult to think ahead to the local elections coming this June. However, if you’re an elected official or you think you could do a better job than a current elected official, it’s time to start thinking ahead to warmer days.

Posted 2/03/10 (Wed)read more »

Increased traffic makes for rough roads, more accidents

It doesn’t matter who’s driving or where they are heading, every vehicle accident has a cause. It may be road conditions, weather conditions, driver error or something else, but with vehicle accidents up 50 percent from one year ago, many people in McKenzie County think that something needs to be done.

Posted 2/03/10 (Wed)read more »

Winter storm packs a punch, leaving many without power

It started out looking like the weekend storm wasn’t going to hit McKenzie County too hard, but that feeling didn’t last long once round two hit late Saturday.

Posted 1/27/10 (Wed)read more »

Herfindahl hired as Watford City’s Chief of Police

After 33 years on the job, Police Chief Daryl Vance decided it was time to retire, giving the Watford City City Council the tough job of hiring a new Chief of Police.

Posted 1/27/10 (Wed)read more »

Bracing for a long winter

The tricky thing about living in Watford City during this great time is finding a place to live. A dilemma that has forced many people to live in their campers during a North Dakota winter, something most North Dakotans would never imagine doing.

Posted 1/20/10 (Wed)read more »