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McKenzie County schools start classes next week

Although unseasonably cool weather has most kids feeling like summer hasn’t even started, the time has come for summer vacation to end with McKenzie County students heading back to school over the next week.

Posted 8/19/09 (Wed)read more »

County minerals bring $613 million at lease sale

McKenzie County state land mineral leases netted an average of $712 per acre during the Aug. 4 sale held by the North Dakota State Land Department.

Posted 8/19/09 (Wed)read more »

Construction begins on two Watford housing projects

It may not happen before the snow flies, but Watford City residents looking for housing should be able to get into the Lutheran Social Services Housing units before Christmas.

Posted 8/19/09 (Wed)read more »

Council toughens city’s pet ordinances

The Watford City City Council put some teeth into its newly revamped ordinances governing pets in Watford City during its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 3, as the council significantly increased the penalty for pets being off leash, as well as increasing impound fees for animals picked up by the city.

Posted 8/12/09 (Wed)read more »

Patten named SBDC Lender of the Year

Starting a new business, especially a small business, is a process that not only takes a lot of time, it also takes a lot of resources. Fortunately for residents of McKenzie County, those resources exist and some of them are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to help make small businesses a reality.

Posted 8/12/09 (Wed)read more »

City, rural water district look at purchasing water from Williston

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 that many residents of McKenzie County are all too familiar with.

Posted 8/12/09 (Wed)read more »

Watford native uses hobby to create commemorative guitar

A hobby is a great way to relax and take a little time to enjoy life, but for Watford City native Dan Wagner, his hobby led to much more.

Posted 8/05/09 (Wed)read more »

Love those ribs

From one extreme to another, the Best Of The West Ribfest has proved to be successful in all types of weather, from last year’s 100-degree heat to this year’s odd July weather which consisted of a cool 65-degree day with rain and 30 mph winds.

Posted 8/05/09 (Wed)read more »

School uses stimulus funds to complete projects

August is here, and that means it’s almost time for students to head back to school. Recent improvements should have students at both schools excited for the first day of school.

Posted 8/05/09 (Wed)read more »

United States Air Force gets tough on mosquitoes

According to trap counts, mosquito control efforts by the United States Air Force killed about half of Watford City’s mosquito population. But if you head outside for an evening stroll, the result feels much different.

Posted 7/29/09 (Wed)read more »

Budget work begins

Thanks to a one-time receipt of $380,000 from flood control money the district received for Corps of Engineers land within the school district, the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 ended its 2008-2009 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $218,754.

Posted 7/29/09 (Wed)read more »

Ribfest is expected to be the best yet

With 12 teams signed up and the addition of a Street Fair, the 2009 Best Of The West Ribfest is expected to be the best yet.

Posted 7/29/09 (Wed)read more »

Above average moisture in July helps crops

The outlook for July, according to the National Weather Service, called for below normal temperatures and slightly below normal precipitation. Below average temperatures have been noticed, and for most people that’s just fine. But when it comes to the National Weather Service’s prediction for below normal moisture, so far it’s the exact opposite.

Posted 7/22/09 (Wed)read more »

Filling city’s housing shortage

Watford City is often referred to as a growing and thriving community. However, a lack of housing has made it difficult for the community to continue growing. A problem the city hopes will be resolved soon through two housing projects.

Posted 7/22/09 (Wed)read more »

Three Forks Sanish Formation fuels new potential to state’s oil industry

Because of its success, the Bakken continues to be a hot topic among the oil industry. But recently, conversations have changed from the success of the Bakken to the potential of the Three Forks Sanish (TFS) Formation.

Posted 7/22/09 (Wed)read more »

City Council toughens dog ordinance

Owners of dogs that are found running at large within the city limits of Watford City will be facing stiff fines under new city ordinances being enacted by the Watford City City Council.

Posted 7/15/09 (Wed)read more »

Knudtson named County’s 2009 Responder of the Year

t takes a lot of time and hard work to be an emergency responder and because having a good emergency response team is vital to the community, each year McKenzie County awards one of its responders with the Responder of the Year award.

Posted 7/15/09 (Wed)read more »

Veeder earns rural development award

Gene Veeder is a man credited with using his position in the community to change Watford City from a rural community like many others in the state, to a thriving community that is looked up to by other communities in the state.

Posted 7/15/09 (Wed)read more »

Taxable sales still growing

While development in the oil fields in McKenzie County slowed somewhat in the first quarter of 2009, the energy sector continued to push the county’s taxable sales and purchases at a double digit rate.

Posted 7/08/09 (Wed)read more »

Vehicle accidents are way up in McKenzie County

Nobody wants to think about being in an accident. But maybe if more people thought about accidents before they got behind the wheel, a few of them could be avoided. McKenzie County has seen more than its share of accidents for 2009 and the year is only half over. The number of accidents so far for 2009 is almost the same as the total number of accidents for 2008, a pretty scary fact for anyone on the road.

Posted 7/08/09 (Wed)read more »