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Bakken booms in 2011

2011 has been a huge year for the oil and gas industry throughout western North Dakota.

Posted 1/04/12 (Wed)read more »

Watford’s taxable sales top $33 million in third quarter of 2011

If there was any doubt that the boom in the oil patch is driving the state’s economy, the most recent data from the North Dakota State Tax Dept. should lay those doubts to rest. Leading the state in the percentage of increase in taxable sales in the third quarter of 2011 were five cities in northwestern North Dakota.

Posted 12/28/11 (Wed)read more »

Controlling traffic

Drivers need to be aware that some changes have occurred in Watford City to help control traffic and speeding within the city limits.

Posted 12/28/11 (Wed)read more »

Daughter’s selfless gift gives life back to Pastor Lane

Sitting in Dr. Shannon’s waiting room, Pastor John Lane shuffled through magazines like most people do while waiting for an appointment.

Posted 12/28/11 (Wed)read more »

More students means more money for school

Christmas may have come a little early for the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 in the way of new school busses being funded by the McKenzie County Infrastructure Fund and more state money because of the rapid increase in the district’s student numbers.

Posted 12/21/11 (Wed)read more »

Recognizing the Gift of Giving

Shirley Norby shines as the 2011 recipient of the Heart of Gold Award

Posted 12/21/11 (Wed)read more »

Watford residents to see higher water, sewer and garbage rates

Starting Jan. 1, 2012, residents and business owners will see rate increases for all of their city utility charges.

Posted 12/21/11 (Wed)read more »

City Council looks at revamping comprehensive plan

Less than a year after Watford City received a $13 million grant from the State of North Dakota to improve its water and sewer service into its one-mile Extraterritorial Zone (ETA), the city is already looking at the possibility of growing even more to accommodate new growth.

Posted 12/14/11 (Wed)read more »

Quilting for a good reason

The Quilting Guild of McKenzie County is made up of women throughout the community that love to quilt! But even more than quilting, they share a joy of community.

Posted 12/14/11 (Wed)read more »

City closes Civic Center showers for public use

It’s a shame when something is made available to the public for a specific purpose and the negligent behavior of a few ruins everyone’s opportunity to take advantage of it.

Posted 12/14/11 (Wed)read more »

Bad debt spoils a great year for healthcare system

In spite of seeing a record number of patients in the clinic, the emergency room and in the hospital, the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems is struggling financially.

Posted 12/07/11 (Wed)read more »

Opportunities abound to share during Christmas

McKenzie County is full of people who believe ‘it is better to give than to receive.’

Posted 12/07/11 (Wed)read more »

A hero among us

Welcome to the McKenzie County Farmer’s new series, Faces of the Patch.

Posted 12/07/11 (Wed)read more »

Stocked up for the holidays

People love Christmas for many different reasons, and though it seems full of distractions that seek to take away the holiday spirit, for most people, Christmas wins out in the end.

Posted 11/30/11 (Wed)read more »

County residents divided on zoning

When it comes to seeing the need for the McKenzie County Commissioners to enact county-wide land use planning and zoning, county residents appear to be deeply divided.

Posted 11/30/11 (Wed)read more »

Answering the call

t is easy to see how quickly the face of McKenzie County is changing, especially when it affects many facets of daily living (traffic, housing, crime, etc.).

Posted 11/30/11 (Wed)read more »

Officials celebrate completion of Super 2 of Highway 85

“This is a great occasion,” stated North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple. “It’s an event worthy of celebrating.”

Posted 11/23/11 (Wed)read more »

Food Pantry spreads Thanksgiving cheer

With the holiday season just around the corner, McKenzie County residents are busy making plans and preparations.

Posted 11/23/11 (Wed)read more »

No end in sight for fuel shortage

Believe it or not, America’s biggest oil-producing oil patch has been experiencing a fuel shortage for the last four months.

Posted 11/23/11 (Wed)read more »

Ground broken for $5.4 million Wellness Center

“This is a community that did it,” proudly stated Dan Kelly, CEO of the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems as ground was officially broken for the $5.4 million Connie Wold Wellness Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Posted 11/16/11 (Wed)read more »