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The boom is here to stay

The boom is here to stay

If you made it out to the Bakken Rocks CookFest, then you enjoyed good food, a fun atmosphere, music, and information on the oil industry’s activities in the Bakken oil play in western North Dakota.

Posted 8/03/11 (Wed)read more »

New Alexander superintendent ready for school

New Alexander superintendent ready for school

All good things must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t more good to come. After 35 years of dedication to the Alexander Public School, Murry Kline recently retired. To fill his place is Mike Klabo, a former administrator at Burke Central.

Posted 8/03/11 (Wed)read more »

City gets $12.3 million for infrastructure

Watford City will be able to expand its city water and sewer services to serve an ever-growing community thanks to a $12.3 million grant from the Board of University and School Lands (Land Board).

Posted 8/03/11 (Wed)read more »

Road construction projects move forward

The saying, Patience is a virtue, is a good one to keep in mind when it comes to battling the constant road construction around Watford City.

Posted 7/27/11 (Wed)read more »

Lunch wagons fill need for a quick meal

Lunch wagons fill need for a quick meal

Many would agree that the oil boom has changed the face of McKenzie County, as well as the faces of those who now call this area home.

Posted 7/27/11 (Wed)read more »

County’s taxable sales post 74 percent gain in first quarter

Watford City’s and McKenzie County’s economic activity continues to be among the most healthy in the state thanks in a large part to a very robust energy industry.

Posted 7/27/11 (Wed)read more »

Watford’s crime rate grows with more people

“What’s not going on here in the way of crime,” says Slade Herfindahl, Watford City Police chief. “From burglaries to civil and domestic disturbances to vehicle stops, we’re seeing it all. And the number of incidents is going through the roof.

Posted 7/20/11 (Wed)read more »

Larson brothers named county’s Emergency Responders of the Year

Larson brothers named county’s Emergency Responders of the Year

McKenzie County has more than its share of everyday heroes.

Posted 7/20/11 (Wed)read more »

Daycare shortage hurting everyone

Daycare shortage hurting everyone

To say that businesses in Watford City need workers is an understatement.

Posted 7/20/11 (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 »

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 »

Commissioners decide not to pursue zoning

Posted 7/13/11 (Wed)read more »

Fireworks, absent councilman heat up council meeting

Fireworks were definitely on the minds of Watford City council members during their July 5 meeting as the council, along with the city’s police chief and fire chief shared their thoughts on whether or not the city should consider banning fireworks in the future.

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 »