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City urged to enact tougher dog ordinances

The owners of a dog that was savagely mauled and critically injured by another dog over the Easter weekend in Watford City made an impassioned plea to the Watford City City Council during their meeting on Monday, May 4 for the city to enact stricter dog ordinances.

Posted 5/13/09 (Wed)read more »

Tobacco Gardens Resort reopens

Tobacco Gardens Resort has been a long standing part of McKenzie County, but for the past several years the cafe and concessions have been without an owner leaving patrons without any services.

Posted 5/13/09 (Wed)read more »

Wellness Center to move to new location

Living in a rural community has a lot of great advantages, but there are some things that most rural communities just can’t offer, like affordable and quality wellness opportunities.

Posted 5/13/09 (Wed)read more »

Developer plans new housing units for Watford

The shortage of new homes within the city limits of Watford City may be coming to an end if a Montana developer has his way.

Posted 5/06/09 (Wed)read more »

Bomb squad called to McKenzie County

Things aren’t always what they seem, but in this day and age it seems that anything is possible. But could there really have been a pipe bomb in the Badlands? Yes, there could have, which is what brought the Minot Police Department Bomb Squad to Watford City on April 29, 2009.

Posted 5/06/09 (Wed)read more »

New law could boost state’s oil activity

Oil production in North Dakota has dropped from a rig count high of 98 to a rig count of 38 as of Friday, May 1, 2009. The main cause for the drop in rigs is the drop in the price of oil.

Posted 5/06/09 (Wed)read more »

Spring seeding off to a slow start

Timing, that’s what spring planting is all about.

Posted 4/29/09 (Wed)read more »

Taking care of Mother Earth

Earth Day was a great opportunity for area teachers to give their students a hands-on lesson in community service.

Posted 4/29/09 (Wed)read more »

Meeting on underage drinking sees low attendance but good ideas

The McKenzie County Community Coalition’s (MC3) 2nd Town Hall Meeting addressing underage drinking and substance abuse resulted in new action ideas despite a low turnout.

Posted 4/22/09 (Wed)read more »

Moose pays surprise visit to Watford City

Nobody can say Watford City is a boring town, especially when it comes to wildlife. It’s common to see deer, rabbits, pheasants and even the occasional turkey roaming around town, but seeing a moose on your way to school, now that is something different even for Watford City.

Posted 4/22/09 (Wed)read more »

Battle against mosquitoes already underway

After a year of learning, the City of Watford City is ready for this year’s mosquito season. In fact, the fight against mosquitoes is going into its third week in Watford City.

Posted 4/22/09 (Wed)read more »

Prices, legislation impact County’s oil tax revenue

A drop in oil prices and change in legislation could mean less oil tax revenue for McKenzie County and the potential for higher property taxes.

Posted 4/15/09 (Wed)read more »

Spring temps bring thoughts of field, yard work

Although it was a little late arriving, it seems that spring is finally here, and that means it’s time to get to work both in the field and in your yard.

Posted 4/15/09 (Wed)read more »

Oilfield slowdown being felt

nyone working in the oil field will tell you that with their work comes busy times and slow times. And right now, McKenzie County is experiencing one of those slow times. Spring is traditionally a slow time for oil field work because of road restrictions.

Posted 4/15/09 (Wed)read more »

Town Hall Meeting to discuss underage drinking

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

Posted 4/08/09 (Wed)read more »

Last curtain call for Dinner Theatre?

The 2009 Dinner Theatre production of WipeOut was the last curtain call for Chuck Simpson and his dinner theatre dream team. Simpson began directing theatre productions including the Dinner Theatre in 1983 with his first Watford City High School Production, ‘Bye Bye Birdie.’

Posted 4/08/09 (Wed)read more »

Answering the call for assistance

After a brief fight with flooding from Cherry Creek and the Little Missouri River, it seems that the worst is over in McKenzie County. But that isn’t the case everywhere. Other counties in the state are cleaning up from major spring flooding and worrying about what is yet to come. One Watford City resident has decided that while she can’t help sandbag or clean up after the waters recede, she can still do something to help.

Posted 4/08/09 (Wed)read more »

Cold and wet makes calving difficult

Spring is often looked at as a time of renewal. As the snow melts new life can be seen all around, from the fresh green grass and budding flowers to newborn livestock. If you ask a cattle rancher what they think of spring, you are much more likely to hear them say work not renewal. In North Dakota springtime isn't always a pleasant time, weather-wise, which can drastically increase your workload if you raise cattle. Springtime weather in North Dakota often means below freezing temperatures, flooding, and of course, there is always the potential of spring blizzards.

Posted 4/01/09 (Wed)read more »

A Blast from the Past with Badlands Gymnastics

f you're ready for a blast from the past and some great entertainment, you won't want to miss the 21st annual Badlands Gymnastics Club's Night of Stars, which will be held at 6 p.m. on April 3 in the Watford City High School Gymnasium. Gymnasts will perform to music from the '70s, '80s and '90s as they showcase their talents in the final performance of the year. This year's show is entitled 'Blast from the Past' and as a special addition, former gymnasts will be showcased during the show.

Posted 4/01/09 (Wed)read more »

After three decades, Nordeng retires

After more than three decades at the Watford City Post Office, Phyllis Nordeng has decided it's time to move on to a new chapter in her life. "I've been with the Post Office for 33 years," says Nordeng. "I'm retiring, but not really. I'm ready for a change of pace, but it'll be a while before I'm ready to shut down for good." Nordeng's last day as the Watford City Postmaster was Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Posted 4/01/09 (Wed)read more »