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County Fair opens Thursday

It is time to enjoy some “Summer Days and Country Ways” as the McKenzie County Fair comes to Watford City July 14 - 16.

Posted 7/13/11 (Wed)read more »

New taxi service comes to Watford

New taxi service comes to Watford

Traffic, traffic, everywhere, and hardly space to share. Many would agree that Watford City is losing its small-town feel. The increase in business and people has brought with it increased traffic, causing longer commutes, limited parking and road congestion. But there is good news. Northwest Dakota Public Transit (NWDPT) is hoping to help.

Posted 7/13/11 (Wed)read more »

Schmaltz runs the race of her life

Schmaltz runs the race of her life

Christine (Bruins) Schmaltzhas an extraordinary gift that allowed her to run a personal record (P.R.) of 2:01.17 in the open 800 meter run at the U.S. Championships. That time qualified Schmaltz for the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. June 22 - July 1, 2012.

Posted 7/06/11 (Wed)read more »

Demolition Derby returns to Fair

Cars ramming into each other until they are nothing, but mangled metal seems to be a popular event around these parts.

Posted 7/06/11 (Wed)read more »

New subdivision could bring 280 residents to Arnegard

The city of Arnegard could very well be on the brink of seeing the biggest population boom that it has ever seen within the next few months.

Posted 7/06/11 (Wed)read more »

County residents favor some form of zoning

County residents favor some form of zoning

While McKenzie County seems to have gotten along just fine the past 100 years with a “no zoning” approach to land use planning, the winds of progress may be forcing the county commissioners and county residents to rethink that philosophy.

Posted 6/29/11 (Wed)read more »

Oil industry powers up McKenzie Electric

To say that the huge upswing in oil activity in McKenzie County is having an impact on McKenzie Electric Cooperative would be an understatement.

Posted 6/29/11 (Wed)read more »

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 »

Homefest kicks off summer season

The excitement is in the air as Homefest nears.

Posted 6/22/11 (Wed)read more »

County to spend $24 million to improve roads

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 »

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 »

Highway Dept. to close Highway 1806

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 »

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 »

Working together to fix county roads

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 »

Farmers running out of time to finish seeding

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

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

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 »

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 »