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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 »

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 »

Spring seeding off to a slow start

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

Posted 4/29/09 (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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Dinner theater brings laughs with beach musical comedy

Tired of the winter snowflakes and cold? Are you ready for some exciting and fun beach action? If so, you'll enjoy this year's Watford City High School Masque and Gavel Club's dinner theater. The high school thespians have been working hard to get this year's performance just right. After all, it's difficult to get into the beach mood when the ground is covered with snow. On March 26, 27 and 28 in the Watford City High School Gym, the Masque and Gavel Club will be presenting the musical 'Wipeout' during their dinner theater production.

Posted 3/25/09 (Wed)read more »

Warm temps bring flooding

Flooding along Cherry Creek last Sunday left area businesses and home owners scrambling to protect their property, belongings and animals from rapidly rising water. "The heat over the weekend and the accumulations of snow over the winter coupled with ice jams caused Cherry Creek to spill over its banks," says Jerry Samuelson, McKenzie County emergency manager. "The result was local flooding in and around Watford City."

Posted 3/25/09 (Wed)read more »

Alexander rancher sues Zenergy Inc. over salt water spill

After three years of uncertainty and cleanup, Alexander rancher Linda Monson has decided to sue Oklahoma-based Zenergy Inc. over a pipeline that spilled salt water onto her property and into Charbonneau Creek in January 2006. For as long as anyone can remember springs have fed into Charbonneau Creek west of Alexander. That fresh water has been the source of water for cattle ranchers in that part of McKenzie County as well as an important tributary to the Yellowstone River. However, after a ruptured pipeline spilt nearly 950,000 gallons of highly concentrated salt water onto the land things have not been the same.

Posted 3/18/09 (Wed)read more »

Plans underway for special 2009 Relay For Life

With snow piled high and temperatures just beginning to climb above freezing, it's difficult to imagine the Watford City Tourist Park filled with tents, fundraising booths and enthusiastic walkers. But in just 2-1/2 months that will be the scene as the Rugged West Relay For Life kicks off its eighth annual Relay Night on May 29, 2009.

Posted 3/18/09 (Wed)read more »

School Board approves calendar

The McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 school board gave its stamp of approval to a new calendar for the 2009-2010 school year during its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 11. Under the new calendar, Watford City classes will begin on Thursday, Aug. 27 with the last day of school set for Wednesday, May 26. Watford City High School will hold its graduation ceremonies on Sunday, May 30.

Posted 3/18/09 (Wed)read more »