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Watford sees jump in school enrollment

Watford City High School is looking at 285 students for the 2010-2011 school year compared to 265 at the end of the 2009-2010 school year, and the elementary school is expecting to have 293 students this year compared to ending last year with 273.

Posted 8/18/10 (Wed)read more »

Forest Service plans to close 800 miles of roads in western North Dakota

If you’re accustomed to using U.S. Forest Service Roads for recreation purposes, you’ll want to make sure that you check in with your local Forest Service office for a new map before you travel on any of your favorite Forest Service roads. The Forest Service plans to close some 800 miles of existing roads in the Little Missouri National Grasslands in western North Dakota. Road closures may not be permanent, but once the roads are closed, the Forest Service plans to enforce the law.

Posted 8/11/10 (Wed)read more »

Healthcare System unveils plans for new Wellness Center

As the community of Watford City grows, residents of the community have found the need for more space, especially when it comes to the space available within the Healthy Hearts Wellness Center. With a monthly average of more than 1,950 visits per month and a monthly high of 2,400 visits, space has become a problem for Wellness Center members.

Posted 8/11/10 (Wed)read more »

Watford City looks at banning heavy trucks from city streets

Watford City’s City Council, at its Aug. 2 meeting, passed the first reading of a new ordinance that could prohibit truck traffic, other than delivery trucks, on all streets within the city limits.

Posted 8/11/10 (Wed)read more »

County scrambling to keep up with road repairs

The tremendous increase in oil field activity has been good for McKenzie County as it has created many jobs and brought new people to the community. But at the same time, the increase has also brought in a large amount of heavy truck traffic which has caused problems with many of county’s roads.

Posted 8/11/10 (Wed)read more »

Surrounded by road construction

For residents of McKenzie County, there never seems to be a good time to travel. The year started out with the struggles of driving on winter roads. Then, drivers were faced with large increases in traffic on almost all of the county’s roads. Now, you can’t go any direction in the county without encountering some form of road construction. And the end doesn’t seem to be near.

Posted 8/04/10 (Wed)read more »

Dorgan secures federal funding for county water project

U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Energy and Water Appropriations, secured more than $35 million Tuesday for Fargo-Moorhead flood control work. He also obtained additional investments in other important North Dakota water projects, and a number of major energy research and development projects in North Dakota, and in the Research Corridors he created in the state.

Posted 8/04/10 (Wed)read more »

Ribfest: It’s all about barbecued ribs

Where can you get great bargains, a Show Down at Noon, a Diaper Derby and great food all in one place? The Best Of The West Ribfest, of course!

Posted 8/04/10 (Wed)read more »

School district ends year in the black

McKenzie County Public School District No. 1 ended the 2009-2010 school year with a little money left over.

Posted 7/28/10 (Wed)read more »

Study looks at improvements needed on U.S. 85

Phase I of the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Corridor Study has been completed. The study was aimed at identifying transportation needs on area highways, including United States Highway 85 which runs between Williston and Grassy Butte.

Posted 7/28/10 (Wed)read more »

Narcotics stolen during break-in

A late night burglary resulted in extensive building damage to Larsen Service Drug as burglars, who failed to break into the rear door, used stronger force to gain admission to the Watford City Main Street business.

Posted 7/21/10 (Wed)read more »

County’s taxable sales up 18 percent first quarter of 2010

Thanks to continued growth in the energy sector, taxable sales in McKenzie County and Watford City continued to grow at a double digit clip in the first quarter of 2010 according to the figures released by the office of the North Dakota Tax Commissioner.

Posted 7/21/10 (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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »