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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 »

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 »

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 »

Water haulers face long lines

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

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 »

County’s taxable sales up nearly 50% in 2010

Continued energy development fueled Watford City’s and McKenzie County’s economic growth in 2010 as taxable sales and purchases in McKenzie County and Watford City grew by nearly 50 percent during the 2010 calendar year.

Posted 5/11/11 (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 »

Mission impossible becomes a reality

Mission impossible becomes a reality

Legislation that would provide $110 million of state money to fund the Western Area Water Supply was referred to as Mission Impossible during the North Dakota Legislature.

Posted 5/11/11 (Wed)read more »

WAWS funded by lawmakers

WAWS funded by lawmakers

Shortly before ending the 2011 legislative session, lawmakers approved financing for a $150 million water pipeline project that will supply McKenzie County residents and western North Dakota’s oil industry with water.

Posted 5/04/11 (Wed)read more »

Spring storm packs a punch

Spring storm packs a punch

Spring blizzards are nothing new for North Dakota, but this past weekend’s late April storm was something even for North Dakota.

Posted 5/04/11 (Wed)read more »

State okays $100 million for oil country improvements

On April 19, Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed into law HB 1013, providing $100 million to help communities in North Dakota’s oil and gas counties offset direct impacts created by the rapidly developing energy industry.

Posted 4/27/11 (Wed)read more »

Keene residents struggle with loss of post office

Keene residents struggle with loss of post office

The local post office is a staple in any community, but what happens when the office closes? This is something that Keene residents are just recently learning about.

Posted 4/27/11 (Wed)read more »

Two new natural gas processing plants should open soon

Two new natural gas processing plants should open soon

Along with its richness in oil, the Bakken Formation is also producing a large amount of natural gas, much of which is being burnt off due to a lack of infrastructure. Two area companies hope to begin collecting some of that natural gas when their new gas plants go on-line in May, 2011.

Posted 4/20/11 (Wed)read more »

Repairs to ND 1806 could be years away

Repairs to ND 1806 could be years away

While the oil industry continues to give to the state, communities and residents of North Dakota, it is also taking from the state, especially when you look at roads in the western portion of the state.

Posted 4/20/11 (Wed)read more »

School District No. 1 gears up for more students

Faced with the prospect of more students next year, the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 school board gave its approval to hiring nine new teachers during its April 11 meeting.

Posted 4/20/11 (Wed)read more »

First Lutheran Church to perform Easter Cantata

First Lutheran Church to perform Easter Cantata

For many, Easter is all about dying eggs, filling Easter baskets and Easter Egg Hunts. For others, it goes beyond the bright-colored eggs and seasonal candy. If you’re looking for some good entertainment and a reminder of why we celebrate Easter, the First Lutheran Church Choir’s Easter Cantata is a great opportunity for you.

Posted 4/13/11 (Wed)read more »