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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

City Council identifies site of potential Highway 85 bypass

While the final decision as to whether or not there will be a bypass built around Watford City to accommodate the increased traffic on U.S. Highway 85 may be years in the future, the Watford City City Council wants the North Dakota Dept. of Transportation to know that the city has identified a possible route.

Posted 4/13/11 (Wed)read more »

A land of opportunity

A land of opportunity

Changes in the economy have led many people to relocate in search of work, and the heavy oil activity in the McKenzie County has made this area a popular place for individuals and families looking for a better opportunity.

Posted 4/13/11 (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 »

Gymnasts to host ‘Night of Stars’

Gymnasts to host ‘Night of Stars’

If you’re looking for some great entertainment with a few flips and kicks in it, then you won’t want to miss the 23rd annual Badlands Gymnastics Club’s ‘Night of Stars,’ which will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 in the Watford City High School Gymnasium.

Posted 4/06/11 (Wed)read more »

Calving season is off to a cold and wet start

Calving season is off to a cold and wet start

Spring is here whether it feels like it or not. And in McKenzie County, with spring comes calving.

Posted 4/06/11 (Wed)read more »

Housing continues to be a top priority

Watford City, like other communities in western North Dakota, continues to struggle with housing, especially the lack of housing, a problem that many people, including housing developers, hope that spring weather will soon help them to combat.

Posted 4/06/11 (Wed)read more »

Ranchers, state plead with Forest Service to resolve issues

Ranchers, state plead with Forest Service to resolve issues

For most of the past 60 years the U.S. Forest Service, which administers over one million acres of land of the National Grasslands in North Dakota, and the ranchers that graze cattle on these lands, have worked together cooperatively to ensure the health of the public land is maintained while allowing cattlemen to maintain their livelihoods.

Posted 3/30/11 (Wed)read more »

A winter that just won’t end

A winter that just won’t end

Spring blizzards are not uncommon in North Dakota, something Mother Nature reminded us of during the first week of spring.

Posted 3/30/11 (Wed)read more »

$860,000 grant allows hospital to add new services

During a medical emergency, time is of the essence, and being the largest county in the state makes getting anywhere fast a challenge in McKenzie County. Which is why telehealth services are a prefect fit for the McKenzie County Healthcare Systems (MCHS).

Posted 3/30/11 (Wed)read more »

2010 census puts Watford’s population at 1,744 people

Driven by western North Dakota’s recent oil boom, the state’s population rose by 4.7 percent during the last 10 years, and McKenzie County’s population rose 10.9 percent during that decade to 6,360 people.

Posted 3/30/11 (Wed)read more »

Svihovec appointed County Auditor

Following a meeting in regular session on Friday, March 18, the McKenzie County Board of Commissioners has appointed Linda Svihovec to fill the position of McKenzie County Auditor until the General Election of November, 2012. The effective date of the appointment is April 1, 2011.

Posted 3/23/11 (Wed)read more »