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County Infrastructure Fund intended to minimize impact from oil activity

Changes to state laws regarding oil and gas production tax have the potential to do great things for McKenzie County. House Bill 1304 changed the tax distribution formula allowing more income for McKenzie County and adding a new Infrastructure Fund which will benefit townships and schools.

Posted 11/25/09 (Wed)read more »

Watford to kick off start of the holiday season on Friday

Christmas is just around the corner and Watford City is gearing up for the holidays like never before with tons of family fun as Christmas is a Family Tradition!

Posted 11/25/09 (Wed)read more »

Drama Club production sure to bring laughs with kids comedy

When you’re a child, imagination is everything. But once you hit adulthood and the real world, your imagination tends to disappear, leaving life a bit duller than it was during childhood.

Posted 11/18/09 (Wed)read more »

School to request grant funds for new school bus

Taking advantage of a new funding provision enacted by the last North Dakota Legislature, the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1, at its Nov. 9 meeting, decided to request a $75,000 grant from the McKenzie County Commissioners to help fund the purchase of a new school bus.

Posted 11/18/09 (Wed)read more »

Oil activity is on the rise with good things expected for 2010

The past year has been a long and bumpy one for the oil industry in North Dakota with McKenzie County being no exception. However, looking at activity in recent months compared to one year ago, things appear to be heading in the right direction.

Posted 11/18/09 (Wed)read more »

County continues to see strong mineral lease sales

An auction of state land mineral leases brought in a record $71.6 million with McKenzie County collecting more than $18 million, coming in second out of 12 counties.

Posted 11/11/09 (Wed)read more »

Council okays $12,500 in Roughrider grants

he Watford City City Council gave its stamp of approval to two Roughrider Fund grants totalling $12,500 to Watford City businesses during its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 2.

Posted 11/11/09 (Wed)read more »

Little Missouri Grille prepares to open

After being closed for remodeling, the Little Missouri Grille, formerly Ginny’s Family Restaurant, will have new owners, new menu items and a whole new look.

Posted 11/04/09 (Wed)read more »

Food Bank helps feed the area’s hungry

One 40-pound box of food may not seem like a lot, but for people on a limited income and struggling families it is something worth waiting in line for.

Posted 11/04/09 (Wed)read more »

Healthcare system turns the corner financially

While the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems only turned a $31,485 operating profit in fiscal year 2009, for Dan Kelly, CEO of the healthcare system, turning a profit of any kind was good news in light of the financial troubles facing most North Dakota healthcare systems.

Posted 11/04/09 (Wed)read more »

Frustration grows with lack of flu vaccine

For most people, the flu season is something that they give little thought to, but with the H1N1 or Swine Flu, this year’s flu season has taken on a completely different tone. Especially, since getting vaccinated against it is an ongoing challenge.

Posted 10/28/09 (Wed)read more »

“Trail of Treats” starts off Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, which means parents and kids have trick-or-treating on their minds and “Trail of Treats” is the perfect place to get started.

Posted 10/28/09 (Wed)read more »

Ginny’s Family Restaurant changes hands as Elliot retires

After 25 years in the restaurant business, Virginia Elliot has decided it’s time to retire, which means Ginny’s Family Restaurant will be changing hands.

Posted 10/28/09 (Wed)read more »

Roughrider Fund gives grant to MCHS for expansion study

According to a master facility plan, in order to properly serve McKenzie County, the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS) needs to build a 24-bed hospital and new rural health clinic which would both be attached to the current Good Shepherd Home.

Posted 10/21/09 (Wed)read more »

School accepts Erickson’s resignation

With an elementary school buzzing with students, the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 acted quickly during its Oct. 12 meeting to fill a first grade teaching position which had become open following the resignation of a teacher as well as to add additional teaching support.

Posted 10/21/09 (Wed)read more »

First cases of H1N1 virus confirmed in county

We’ve been hearing about it all across the nation and it’s finally here – the H1N1 virus has been confirmed in Watford City and its surrounding area.

Posted 10/21/09 (Wed)read more »

School, healthcare system prepare for flu season

It’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when McKenzie County will be hit by the flu.

Posted 10/14/09 (Wed)read more »

City Council okays $2,104,621 budget

Watford City property owners will be asked to only fund $237,016 of the city’s $2.1 million budget for 2010 following action by the city council during its Oct. 5 meeting.

Posted 10/14/09 (Wed)read more »

Women’s Day to offer a day of fun and entertainment

For most women, the thought of doing something just for themselves is like a far away dream that comes after doing the laundry, fixing supper and taking care of the kids. But, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems wants to change that with its annual Women’s Day Gallery of Events.

Posted 10/14/09 (Wed)read more »

Oil industry experts: Oil patch is expected to get crazy busy in 2010

With only eight active drilling rigs in McKenzie County as of Oct. 5, 2009 compared to 20 active rigs one year ago, it doesn’t seem like oil activity in the county is on the rise. But according to area officials, things are pickin

Posted 10/07/09 (Wed)read more »