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Influenza hits McKenzie County

If you didn't get your flu vaccine this fall, you might want to get it now. Flu season is here and McKenzie County has not been spared. Influenza, or "flu," is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that can affect millions of people every year. It is highly contagious and occurs mainly in the late fall, winter, or early spring.

Posted 3/11/09 (Wed)read more »

Oil exploration slows as oil price falls

Exploration companies operating in the Bakken oil field are clearly slowing their activity, but most are hopeful for a turnaround in the near future. A number of companies released their 4th quarter earnings reports in recent days, laying out their strategies for riding out low oil prices.

Posted 3/11/09 (Wed)read more »

Oil prices aren't the only thing slowing down the oil field

It's not uncommon to hear about the oil field slowing down because of low oil prices, but is price the only factor affecting the current slowing of the oil field? As oil hovers around $40 per barrel there are 54 wells being drilled in North Dakota as of Monday, March, 2, 2009 with eight of those rigs located in McKenzie County. That is down from 90 rigs statewide and 22 in McKenzie County on Oct. 27, 2008 when oil was at $62 per barrel. While oil prices remain a big factor in how busy the oil field is, right now weather is also playing a big factor in the amount of activity.

Posted 3/04/09 (Wed)read more »

Subdivision study offers no solution to the housing shortage

Moving to a new community or adding to your family can be a stressful time, especially when you are in need of a new house and there aren't any available. McKenzie County residents and those wishing to relocate too McKenzie County know all to well the difficulties involved with a housing shortage. Western North Dakota including McKenzie County has been fighting with an ongoing housing shortage for more than a year, with no end in sight.

Posted 3/04/09 (Wed)read more »

Fish inducted in ND Wrestling Hall of Fame

His wrestling career began in 1955 when he was just a 70-pound seventh grader, and 54 years later he may not be getting down on the mat anymore, but he's still an award winning wrestler. Frank Fish, assistant coach of the Watford City Wolves wrestling team received one of the highest honors in North Dakota wrestling, an induction into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Posted 3/04/09 (Wed)read more »