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Elementary school gears up for more students

While school has only been out for just over a month, Steven Holen, district superintendent, informed the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 school board at its meeting on Monday, June 20, that there is plenty of activity going on at the elementary school.

Posted 6/29/11 (Wed)read more »

County to spend $24 million to improve roads

County roads in McKenzie County have been taking a severe beating due to increased oilfield traffic over the past several years. And fixing the main roads that serve the oilfield’s needs, as well as county residents, is going to come with a big price tag.

Posted 6/22/11 (Wed)read more »

Homefest kicks off summer season

The excitement is in the air as Homefest nears.

Posted 6/22/11 (Wed)read more »

Working together to fix county roads

If there is one thing that can fill a room in western North Dakota’s oil patch quicker than a free meal, it’s a discussion on the need to fix county roads.

Posted 6/15/11 (Wed)read more »

To zone or not to zone

While McKenzie County has not had zoning laws for 100 years, the McKenzie County Board of County Commissioners is wondering if now is not the time for them to rethink that policy.

Posted 6/15/11 (Wed)read more »

Highway Dept. to close Highway 1806

Chalk up another North Dakota highway closed in and around McKenzie County for the summer because of damage caused by heavy oilfield traffic and record moisture.

Posted 6/15/11 (Wed)read more »

Man camp next to elementary school to close

One year ago no one attended the public hearing when Kirk Wold proposed creating a man camp on his property south of the Watford City Elementary School. But on Monday, June 6, the Watford City City Council’s chambers was filled with concerned citizens over the extension of a conditional use permit that would allow the man camp to remain in its current location.

Posted 6/15/11 (Wed)read more »

Farmers running out of time to finish seeding

"We’re not going to make it!” That statement by Larry Marmon pretty well sums up the feelings of the vast majority of McKenzie County farmers who will not be getting all of their acreage planted this year due to excessive moisture.

Posted 6/08/11 (Wed)read more »

Krogen named W.C.H.S.Teacher of the Year

And the award goes to... Eric Krogen! Krogen, who has been a Social Studies teacher at Watford City High School for two years, was recently honored as the school’s 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year.

Posted 6/08/11 (Wed)read more »

High water, rough highways may impact lake season

As the weather begins to heat up and summer officially arrives people will start to pack up for the lake in hopes of a relaxing weekend. They may be in for a big surprise.

Posted 6/08/11 (Wed)read more »

City requests $17.5 million for new infrastructure

With Watford City busting at the seams with new growth, there is only one way for the community to grow. And that is to add more water and sewer lines into newly identified growth areas surrounding the city.

Posted 6/01/11 (Wed)read more »

Twelve hours, One Community, One Goal

“Twelve hours. It can stretch out forever when you are waiting to hear the report on a biopsy. It can literally evaporate when it’s the last hours spent with a dying loved one.

Posted 6/01/11 (Wed)read more »

School board settles with teachers on new salaries

Teachers at McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 will be receiving a $1,500 increase in their base salaries this coming school year following the school board’s ratification of a new two-year agreement last Tuesday.

Posted 6/01/11 (Wed)read more »

Buidling season begins

After a long and snowy winter, everyone is anxious to get outdoors and get started on their spring projects. And no group is more anxious than Watford City homeowners who have remodeling or building plans on their minds.

Posted 5/25/11 (Wed)read more »

Missouri River expected to reach historical levels

After a historically wet winter and equally wet spring, it should come as no surprise that the Missouri River is reaching historically high levels.

Posted 5/25/11 (Wed)read more »

Water haulers face long lines

It takes as much as one million gallons of water to frac a single Bakken oil well.

Posted 5/25/11 (Wed)read more »

Bear Paw Energy to build a 62-mile natural gas pipeline

With the Garden Creek natural gas plant scheduled to go on-line by the end of 2011, ONEOK Partners of Tulsa, Okla., was in Watford City last Wednesday to discuss their plans to build a 62-mile liquid natural gas pipeline through McKenzie County.

Posted 5/18/11 (Wed)read more »

Drovdal: Western North Dakota was a big winner in Legislature

Oil and gas, water, and of course, money, along with many other issues were discussed during the 62nd session of the North Dakota Legislature, and it turned out to be a good session for western North Dakota.

Posted 5/18/11 (Wed)read more »

School board looks at revamping its city bus service

After experiencing one of the hardest winters in recent memory, the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 School Board at its May 9 meeting gave serious consideration to establishing separate bus routes for just Watford City students.

Posted 5/18/11 (Wed)read more »

Council says “no” to zoning changes

At a time when new housing is in big demand in Watford City, one would assume that the city council would welcome any plans that would add new housing to the community. But during the Watford City City Council’s meeting on Wednesday, May 4, the council followed the advice of Curt Moen, city planner, in denying two zoning change requests from developers.

Posted 5/11/11 (Wed)read more »