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Game and Fish thins bighorn sheep herd

Driving through the Badlands south of Watford City is a scenic drive made even more enjoyable by the opportunity to see one of North Dakota’s few bighorn sheep along the route.

Posted 2/17/10 (Wed)read more »

City continues to struggle with housing issues

Housing continues to be a struggle for Watford City . However, with two new housing projects ready for occupants and a third project getting underway this month, it appears that things should be getting better soon.

Posted 2/10/10 (Wed)read more »

More accidents lead to more stress on volunteers

One minute, they’re playing with their kids or sitting down to a nice meal with their family. The next, they’re rushing in an ambulance or fire truck to an accident where they’ll be responsible for treating wounds and saving lives.

Posted 2/10/10 (Wed)read more »

Many city, county incumbents not seeking re-election in 2010

With snow on the ground and temperatures still below freezing, it’s difficult to think ahead to the local elections coming this June. However, if you’re an elected official or you think you could do a better job than a current elected official, it’s time to start thinking ahead to warmer days.

Posted 2/03/10 (Wed)read more »

Increased traffic makes for rough roads, more accidents

It doesn’t matter who’s driving or where they are heading, every vehicle accident has a cause. It may be road conditions, weather conditions, driver error or something else, but with vehicle accidents up 50 percent from one year ago, many people in McKenzie County think that something needs to be done.

Posted 2/03/10 (Wed)read more »

Winter storm packs a punch, leaving many without power

It started out looking like the weekend storm wasn’t going to hit McKenzie County too hard, but that feeling didn’t last long once round two hit late Saturday.

Posted 1/27/10 (Wed)read more »

Herfindahl hired as Watford City’s Chief of Police

After 33 years on the job, Police Chief Daryl Vance decided it was time to retire, giving the Watford City City Council the tough job of hiring a new Chief of Police.

Posted 1/27/10 (Wed)read more »

Bracing for a long winter

The tricky thing about living in Watford City during this great time is finding a place to live. A dilemma that has forced many people to live in their campers during a North Dakota winter, something most North Dakotans would never imagine doing.

Posted 1/20/10 (Wed)read more »

City approves new water, sewer rates

Watford City residents will see an increase in their water and sewer rates as a result of action by the Watford City City Council during its Jan. 11 meeting.

Posted 1/20/10 (Wed)read more »

Strong economy boosts funds

Thanks to a great year for the Watford City city sales tax and lodging tax, the Watford City Roughrider Fund and the Watford City Lodging Tax Committee have had banner years.

Posted 1/20/10 (Wed)read more »

Looking forward to a good year

or the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Watford City Economic Development Corporation, 2009 was a prosperous year with both groups’ new presidents looking forward to an even better year in 2010.

Posted 1/13/10 (Wed)read more »

County’s taxable sales up 10%

McKenzie County’s taxable sales and purchases in the third quarter of 2009 continued to show slow and steady growth according to a recent report by North Dakota Tax Commissioner Cory Fong.

Posted 1/13/10 (Wed)read more »

Oil companies anticipate more drilling in 2010

After an interesting year in oil production, 2009 ended up being one for the record books with many people anticipating the same for 2010, but without so many ups and downs.

Posted 1/06/10 (Wed)read more »

Standing up for the scripture

A decision made last August by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) allowing pastors to engage in committed same-sex relationships has caused great unrest for some members of ELCA congregations.

Posted 1/06/10 (Wed)read more »

Christmas storm dumps 9 inches of snow

If you were wishing for a white Christmas and you ended up stranded or shoveling, you may think twice before wishing for the same next year.

Posted 12/30/09 (Wed)read more »

2010 could be a great time to be in Watford City

When it comes to economic development, most areas are working toward creating jobs and attracting people to their community, but for McKenzie County, the term economic development is centered on investing in the community so that people who want to work and move here can.

Posted 12/30/09 (Wed)read more »

Brightening the holiday through generosity

There is a lot more to Christmas than receiving gifts, and residents of McKenzie County have been generously showing that all month through their donations to the McKenzie County Social Services Giving Tree.

Posted 12/23/09 (Wed)read more »

Police Chief Vance retires after 33 years

A lot can happen in 33 years. There are changes, both good and bad, happy times and sad ones, and of course, many learning experiences and chances for teaching. As Watford City’s Police Chief Daryl Vance prepares for retirement, he reflects on some of the memorable moments of his 38 years in law enforcement.

Posted 12/23/09 (Wed)read more »

Above and beyond the call

It’s not uncommon for people to give 100 percent to their job, but for some people, like Kerry Krikava, giving only 100 percent is something they would never dream of.

Posted 12/23/09 (Wed)read more »

McKenzie County property tax bills take sharp decline

Posted 12/16/09 (Wed)read more »