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Robust oil activity fuels increase in 4th quarter taxable sales

In spite of a general slowing of the state’s economy during the fourth quarter of 2009, fueled by a robust energy sector, Watford City as well as McKenzie County bucked that trend and continued to show positive growth.

Posted 4/14/10 (Wed)read more »

No easy answer to underage drinking

In spite of a low turnout by parents and youth, the McKenzie County Community Coalition’s (MC3) 3rd Town Hall Meeting addressing underage drinking and substance abuse resulted in a new hope of getting a handle on underage drinking.

Posted 4/14/10 (Wed)read more »

Healthcare System begins search for new physician

McKenzie County is fortunate to have a full healthcare system including a hospital, clinic, nursing home and wellness center. But having those facilities mean nothing if there aren’t any doctors.

Posted 4/14/10 (Wed)read more »

City says “no” to providing services outside city limits

With housing within the Watford City city limits at a short supply, should the city extend its sewer services outside the current city limits to serve three proposed developments? Or would it be in the city’s interest to annex outlying property into the city limits and then provide those services?

Posted 4/14/10 (Wed)read more »

Badlands Gymnastics perform in ‘Night of Stars’ on Friday

If you’re looking for some great flips and good entertainment then you won’t want to miss the 22nd annual Badlands Gymnastics Club’s ‘Night of Stars,’ which will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9 in the Watford City High School Gymnasium.

Posted 4/07/10 (Wed)read more »

Major work on Highway 85 begins

Spring is finally here, and with it comes the dreaded road construction season. The first project in McKenzie County has already started on Highway 85 south of Watford City, and it’s not scheduled to wrap up until October. But as always, the road will be nicer and safer when it’s finished.

Posted 4/07/10 (Wed)read more »

110-mile canoe trip in one day raises $6,000

A canoe trip down the Little Missouri River is a great way to experience the beauty and solitude of the North Dakota Badlands. According to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park Guide, it takes three to four days to canoe the 110 miles from Medora N.D., to the Long X Bridge south of Watford City. But if you ask Nick Ybarra and his father-in-law, Marty Mulder, they’ll tell you it can be done in one day.

Posted 4/07/10 (Wed)read more »

Underage drinking subject of Town Hall Meeting

Underage drinking is a big problem in McKenzie County and the McKenzie County Community Coalition (MC3) wants your help in resolving this problem.

Posted 3/31/10 (Wed)read more »

School board candidates needed

Now that the weather is finally beginning to feel like spring, it won’t be long before the time to vote during this summer’s June Primary Election is here too. An election that area school boards hope they’re ready for.

Posted 3/31/10 (Wed)read more »

Two companies begin developing industrial parks

The need for work coupled with Watford City’s need for housing and commercial space has led two companies to begin construction on the outskirts of Watford City.

Posted 3/31/10 (Wed)read more »

Calving off to a good start

With spring comes calving season, and while some McKenzie County producers haven’t started yet, those that have say that so far, things are going well, especially when you compare this year to last.

Posted 3/24/10 (Wed)read more »

County Commissioners look to regulate wind farms

Wind is nothing new to McKenzie County. But harvesting that wind is, and last week’s Wind Energy Meeting was the first step in bringing wind harvesting information to the people of McKenzie County.

Posted 3/24/10 (Wed)read more »

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 »