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State, local leaders discuss infrastructure concerns

Across western North Dakota, cities and counties are scrambling to come up with a way to meet growing housing needs as well as struggling to meet needed infrastructure improvements to handle growing traffic demand on state and county highway systems. In most cases, local government doesn’t have the resources to handle the problems associated with the increased growth as a result of the growing oil and gas industry. And to make matters worse, they have no idea of what the future holds in store for them in the way of continued growth.

Posted 7/14/10 (Wed)read more »

County Fair offers family fun

Its here - the McKenzie County Fair kicks off this week with fun, food and tons of entertainment for everyone.

Posted 7/14/10 (Wed)read more »

Rettig honored as Emergency Responder

For more than 30 years, Ed Rettig has been working to keep Alexander and McKenzie County safe from fire. It’s a job that he started as a way to give back to the community. A job that has taken many hours of dedication is now giving back to him with the 2010 McKenzie County Emergency Responder of the Year award.

Posted 7/14/10 (Wed)read more »

City leases minerals under former landfill

s there oil or natural gas reserves under the old city landfill that, if developed, could bring some extra money to the Watford City city coffers? No one knows for sure, but during Watford City City Council’s July 6 meeting, council members approved a three-year lease of the 40 mineral acres that the city owns to Empire Oil Company.

Posted 7/14/10 (Wed)read more »

Public safety not always served under sex offender law

A huge gap in the public’s notification process of when a sexual offender moves into a community has both the residents of Watford City and the city’s law enforcement officials upset.

Posted 7/07/10 (Wed)read more »

Larson named American Legion Firefighter of the Year

After nearly 30 years as a firefighter, Harold Larson of Arnegard still enjoys serving his community and helping those in need. When Larson joined the fire department 30 years ago, he didn’t do it looking for recognition. He did it because he saw a need.

Posted 7/07/10 (Wed)read more »

New oil pipeline to be built in county

Oil is big business in western North Dakota, and the biggest challenge continues to be moving the oil out of North Dakota. Quintana, a Houston, Texas-based company has a proposal that could ultimately help to move some of North Dakota’s oil out of the state.

Posted 7/07/10 (Wed)read more »

McKenzie County Fair kicks off July 14

With a new date, on a slightly less busy weekend, the McKenzie County Fair is the place to be July 14 through July 17.

Posted 7/07/10 (Wed)read more »

Watford City resident makes it her mission to get Jacobson Park fixed up

A park is a wonderful asset to a community, and Watford City is fortunate to have two large community parks and several neighborhood parks for area children to visit. Kathy Klang, a resident of Watford City, has made it her mission to make one of the city’s neighborhood parks just as wonderful as the Tourist Park and the Children’s Park.

Posted 6/30/10 (Wed)read more »

Arnegard is the place to be this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is just around the corner and Arnegard will be the place to be. From the Breakfast In The Park to the fireworks at dusk, there is something for everyone and the fun lasts all day.

Posted 6/30/10 (Wed)read more »

City, county move forward with infrastructure study

There is no doubt that with the continued development of the region’s oil and gas resources, Watford City and the surrounding area is going to grow. But where is that growth going to occur and does the city have the infrastructure to handle the new growth?

Posted 6/30/10 (Wed)read more »

Mosquito season has begun

Is it ever going to warm up? That’s been a common question around McKenzie County this spring, and now that the days have begun to get warmer, the new question is, where did all of these mosquitoes come from?

Posted 6/23/10 (Wed)read more »

Growth brings challenges and opportunities for cooperative

For some, birthdays are a big deal. For others, they are just a way to mark time. For McKenzie Electric Cooperative, (MEC) its 65th Annual Meeting not only served as a birthday party for the Cooperative, it was also an opportunity for members to hear everything that is going on within the Cooperative. And there is a lot going on.

Posted 6/23/10 (Wed)read more »

School ancillary staff unhappy with raises

When the McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 School Board approved an overall salary increase of six percent for the district’s ancillary staff, they thought that the raises would be satisfactory. But during the board’s meeting on Monday, June 14, they heard otherwise.

Posted 6/23/10 (Wed)read more »

Council denies conditional use permit for temporary housing

With concerns over possible drainage problems as well as after hearing objections from neighbors, the Watford City City Council at its June 7 meeting denied a conditional use permit that would have allowed Craig Nelson to place 18 temporary work force housing units on property that he owns located north of McKenzie Building Center.

Posted 6/16/10 (Wed)read more »

McKenzie County’s concierge

For most residents in McKenzie County, knowing where to find a phone book or how to get their cable and internet hooked up is common knowledge. But for someone new to the community, these can be difficult tasks.

Posted 6/16/10 (Wed)read more »

Sanford elected new mayor of Watford City

The June Primary Election is over and residents of Watford City voted for change, with a new mayor being elected and an overwhelming “yes” vote for a new water source.

Posted 6/16/10 (Wed)read more »

Another great Relay

Once again, to no surprise, the Rugged West Relay For Life’s Relay event was a great success.

Posted 6/09/10 (Wed)read more »

City Parks offer a summer full of fun

With school out for the summer, many parents have found that they are looking for things to keep their kids busy and the Watford City Park Board may have just the thing.

Posted 6/09/10 (Wed)read more »

Sen. Conrad hears U.S. Highway 85 concerns

If Senator Kent Conrad and the majority of those in attendance at last week’s Senate Budget Committee Hearing had their way, work to turn U.S. Highway 85 between Williston and Bowman into a four-lane highway would begin immediately.

Posted 6/09/10 (Wed)read more »